The Syria Project

The Syria Project

Promoting Regime Change in Syria

Over the past two years, the Syrian Civil War has claimed an estimated 60,000 lives as the regime of Bashar al-Assad battles opposition groups to retain its hold on power. The Syrian National Coalition, a coalition of opposition organizations, is now considered by the Obama administration and many in Europe and the Middle East as the “legitimate representative” of the Syrian people.

FDD’s experts are in close contact with secular, liberal elements within the Syrian opposition and dissident communities to analyze the changing situation and operational environment, and to identify the optimum policy options.

Not Quiet on the Northern Front

11th March 2014 – New York Daily News

Not Quiet on the Northern Front

Benjamin Weinthal

The disintegration of the Syrian state into warring enclaves is bringing with it new challenges and threats for Israel. Alarm bells have now been sounded on Israel'’... more...

Analysis & Commentary

30th November 2014 – Letter to the Editor - The Boston Globe

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Extremism Will Continue to Block Peace in Syria

David Andrew Weinberg

THE EDITORIAL “Peace in Syria requires Saudi Arabia and Iran thaw” mistakenly bought into questionable Iraqi and Iranian news reports, rebutted by Newsweek, that claim Saudi King Abdullah granted a pardon to Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. The sheik, who led Arab Spring protests by the kingdom’s Shiite minority, has been sentenced to death on vague charges for his peaceful criticism of authoritarian Saudi policies. more...

16th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham’s Quiet War Minister

Thomas Joscelyn

As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) rampages through Iraq with the help of allied forces, one personality remains characteristically quiet: the group's war... more...

12th June 2014 – Quoted by Jeff Schogol, Military Times

Iraq War Vets Angry, Distraught as Insurgents Gain Ground

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Veterans of the Iraq War and their families are watching with dismay and alarm as Sunni insurgents overrun large swaths of Iraq, including cities like Mosul, where hundreds of... more...

12th June 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon

State Dept Confirms: Iran Now Shipping Oil to Syria

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department confirmed on Wednesday that Iran has been shipping crude oil to Syria for the past several months, behavior that some experts say is in direct violation... more...

From the Hill:
In the News

17th December 2013 – Reuters

West Signals to Syrian Opposition Assad May Stay

30th September 2013 – Reuters

Amid Rare Unity, UN Security Council Mulls Action on Syria Aid

29th September 2013 – The New York Times

Swift Movement Is Seen on Syria After UN Action

16th September 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Suspected Recruiter of Jihadists Arrested in Spain

16th September 2013 – Reuters

Turkish Warplanes Shoot Down Syrian Helicopter

10th September 2013 – The New York Times

Obama Delays Syria Strike to Focus on a Russian Plan

8th September 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Obama Hones Pitch on Syria As Opposition Rises at Home

4th September 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Senate Panel Backs Use of Force Against Syria

28th August 2013 – The New York Times

Strike on Syria Would Lead to Retaliation on Israel, Iran Warns

28th August 2013 – The New York Times

Britain to Press UN Members to Authorize Action in Syria