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The Economics of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

The Economics of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

This study outlines how Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is taking over Idlib’s economy since its transformation from the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda to the de facto authority in the area. While the takeover is incomplete, the extent to which it will continue is primarily determined by Turkey’s tolerance of the group.

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Visualizing Syria’s 2021 Budget

Visualizing Syria’s 2021 Budget

At first glance, Syria’s 2021 budget seems to be the most impressive yet, featuring a whopping 8 trillion Syrian pound (SP) spending package. However, once one gets past the sticker shock it becomes...

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The Kin Who Count: Mapping Raqqa’s Tribal Topology

The Kin Who Count: Mapping Raqqa’s Tribal Topology

Previous analyses have often misunderstood the intricate tribal structures in Syria, drawing false links between tribalism and terrorism. This interactive research tool, co-published by the Middles East Institute and the Operations and Policy Center, aims to shed light on the tribal structure in ar-Raqqah governorate, making it accessible to anyone interested in understanding the current state of affairs there.

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North-West Syria: Potential Scenarios

North-West Syria: Potential Scenarios

Despite the Russian and Turkish de-escalation and ceasefire agreements, the Assad regime continues to attack NW Syria, especially areas to the south of the M4. Here we map out potential military conflict scenarios for the near-term future of NW Syria, in light of the volatile Turkish-Russian dynamics.

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Public Attitudes Toward the Depreciation of the Syrian Pound in Northeast Syria

Public Attitudes Toward the Depreciation of the Syrian Pound in Northeast Syria

In mid-2020, OPC was commissioned by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate the drivers and implications of the sharp depreciation in the Syrian pound. This report reviews the functions of money (both in general and in the Syrian context), presents a timeline of the value of the pound in relation to relevant events from 2011 to 2020, and showcases public attitudes on the topic using a survey.

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Northeast Syria’s Kurds: The Dynamics of Politics and Power

Northeast Syria’s Kurds: The Dynamics of Politics and Power

In mid-2020, OPC was commissioned by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate the Dynamics of Politics and Power Among Northeast Syria’s Kurds and people’s attitudes regarding the possibility of a Kurdish-Kurdish dialogue. This report relied on interviews with influential and informed personalities from the region and a sample survey of 600 of the region’s residents.

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