Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

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The Caravan: Syria And US Foreign Policy

interview with Mohammed Alaa Ghanem, Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

What is the American track record in Syria and what should we expect from the Biden administration?

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The Biden Administration Can And Should Rectify America’s Failures In Syria

by Mohammed Alaa Ghanemvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

It has been almost a decade since the Syrian people rose up against the Assad regime, demanding their freedom. While the world was hesitant to support the protestors, malign powers gladly stepped in to help Assad, creating an unmitigated disaster that has devastated Syria and sent shockwaves around the world.

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Assad's Lethal Peace Deals

by Mohammed Alaa Ghanemvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ceasefires are often assumed to be a means to peace; but in Syria, the Assad regime has transformed them into a powerful weapon against civilians. This essay describes how Assad's forces have strategically deployed ceasefires to achieve two goals: (1) the starvation and displacement of urban areas, and (2) the massing of otherwise overstretched forces. Through a series of case studies, this essay also charts the evolution of Assad's ceasefires strategy, from the “local ceasefires” that took hold early in the conflict to the current “de-escalation zones.” The essay also highlights impacts on Iranian regional expansion and long-term population displacement and demographic re-engineering.