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Visualizing UN procurements from Syria (2015-2020)

Visualizing UN procurements from Syria (2015-2020)

United Nations agencies procure many commodities and services from Syria to support their aid operations in the country. In 2020, for example, $245 million was spent on procurement, which constitutes nearly 10% of the UN’s overall spending in Syria. In this research tool, we illustrate the data in an interactive dashboard, enabling those interested to make better sense of it.

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Data Shows Nowhere in Syria is Safe for Return

Data Shows Nowhere in Syria is Safe for Return

Despite the slowdown in military operations in Syria, other acts of violence and human rights violations remain the norm, making the whole-of-Syria unsafe for return. Published in collaboration with the Middle East Institute, this summary recaps on a recently published research project aimed at understanding the scale and types of violations experienced by Syrian returnees.

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Is Syria Safe for Return? Returnees’ Perspective

Is Syria Safe for Return? Returnees’ Perspective

Using expert interviews and a sample of 700 respondents from all control areas within Syria, this joint study with VDSF evaluates the safety, security and economic conditions in Syria to establish whether it is suitable for refugees and internally displaced persons to return home. The evidence strongly suggests that Syria is not yet safe for return.

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Left Behind: Family Separation and Its Impacts in Three Damascus Neighbourhoods

Left Behind: Family Separation and Its Impacts in Three Damascus Neighbourhoods

In this study with COAR, we investigate the impacts of family separation due to the conflict on those left behind. The data we collected from three neighborhoods in Damascus indicate that two-thirds of Syrians have relatives abroad, and nearly one-fifth have relatives displaced to non-Government areas. We examine the social, economic, and mental health impacts of this separation.

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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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Visualizing Syria’s Merchandise Trade 2010-2019

Visualizing Syria’s Merchandise Trade 2010-2019

Every year, the Syrian Government releases merchandise trade data broken down, destination or country of origin, value, quantity, and commodity type, making it a valuable resource for analysts. This research tool pulls the scattered data together for easier access.

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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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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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Public Attitudes Toward the Caesar Act in Northeast Syria

Public Attitudes Toward the Caesar Act in Northeast Syria

In mid-2020, OPC was commissioned by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate the attitudes of people in northeast Syria regarding the US Caesar Act sanctions. This report showcases general attitudes regarding both the overall effectiveness and specific local effects of the Caesar Act, extrapolated from a 600-participant sample, surveyed by OPC’s field researchers during 18-27 August 2020.

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