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September 18, 2019
After years of conflict in Syria, there is still little consensus on how everyday Syrians will be able to reclaim their lives and communities amid such a devastating conflict.  A significant part of the challenge in finding that consensus is the complex and often baffling mix of... Read More
December 05, 2018
On November 23, prominent Syrian activist Raed Fares was killed by unidentified gunmen in the town of Kafranbel. Active since the early days of the Syrian revolution in 2011, Fares was one of the most widely respected and energetic Syrian... Read More
May 17, 2018
Looking at the Syrian conflict, now in its eighth year, it is difficult to see any silver lining. What began as a series of peaceful protests has deteriorated into a civil war, devastating the country and drawing in many world powers and neighboring states. The result has been one of the worst... Read More
February 06, 2018
It’s been a little over seven years since a young man named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of the regional capital building in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Like Mohamed Bouazizi, most of the inhabitants of Sidi Bouzid lost hope for a better future long ago. Systematic marginalization... Read More
September 20, 2017
The International Republican Institute (IRI) recognizes the unique leadership ability, from mitigating and negotiating policies during transitional phases to decision-making during conflict, of women, and that their involvement in the political process leads to better outcomes not only for... Read More
March 03, 2017
Through her role as Deputy Director of IRI's Women's Democracy Network, Lisa has helped Syrian women find their voice and bring their priorities to the negotiation table. This is her story.  
September 21, 2016
In early September, IRI brought Syrian refugees together with their new Jordanian hosts to build community and share common experiences as well as mutual challenges. Mafraq is one of Jordan’s biggest counties making up the entire northeast arm of the country. It shares borders with Syria, Iraq,... Read More
March 13, 2016
Europe’s migrant crisis is one of the greatest challenges to the unity of the continent since World War II.  According to some estimates, 1.3 million refugees (mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan) have entered the European Union illegally since the start of 2015. The EU’s response to the... Read More
January 12, 2016
With more than 630,000 registered Syrian refugees out of a population of 6.5 million, Jordan faces inevitable tensions between its own citizens and the people it has sheltered from the civil war tearing apart its northern neighbor.   Most of the Syrian refugees live in cities near the... Read More
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Daniel Serwer

Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
December 28, 2015
International attention to Russia has been primarily focused upon President Putin’s annexation and invasion of Eastern Ukraine over the past 18 months, and more recently on his military moves in Syria. Notwithstanding Russia’s international ambitions, it would be a mistake not to peruse more... Read More