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Syrian Podcasts: Understanding Audiences and Exploring the Potential for Expansion

Syrian Podcasts: Understanding Audiences and Exploring the Potential for Expansion

In this study we sought to understand the creation and distribution of podcasts in Syria. Its scope includes not only the characteristics of current producers and content, but also the demographics, habits, and preferences of the audience. Such a broad scope helps provide both current and future podcast producers with the necessary feedback to develop production and marketing strategies.

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Three signs of impending famine in Syria absent immediate action

Three signs of impending famine in Syria absent immediate action

Syria is headed toward a famine due to three factors: The severity of the ongoing drought, which is compounded by the water management policies of neighboring Turkey; the unprecedented level of food insecurity, compounded by the rise in global food prices; and the decline in donor humanitarian funding. We propose three policy responses to pre-empt the looming crisis.

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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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