Territorial Control and Iranian Proxies Prolong Syria’s Stalemate

Territorial Control and Iranian Proxies Prolong Syria’s Stalemate
A Syrian Kurdish sniper sits among the rubble in Kobani, Syria, Jan. 30, 2015 (AP photo).

“The media refused to see the Syrian revolt as anything other than the continuation of revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, at a time of enthusiasm over the Arab Spring. Journalists didn’t understand the sectarian subtleties in Syria, or perhaps they didn’t want to understand.” That was Fabrice Balanche, a leading French scholar of Syria who specializes in political geography, in an eye-opening interview with the Carnegie Endowment’s Aron Lund last Friday. Balanche’s research mapping Syria’s uprising-turned-civil-war is mostly in French, as Lund noted, and so has only recently entered into English-language Syria analysis, which should be all the better for […]

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