Senior Middle East Analyst Alexander Corbeil has been tracking the Syrian conflict for the month of November. Under this new initiative he will be providing a monthly interactive map highlighting rebel gains and regime actions in Syria.
Couchiching Institute’s Arab Spring Conference: Bringing a Human Approach to the Uprisings in the Middle East
Our Senior Middle East Analyst, Alexander Corbeil describes the highlights of the Couchiching Institute’s Arab Spring conference.
Knocking on Bashar’s Door
With Syrian rebels battling government forces in the capital Damascus and the confirmed death of at least three of Assad’s inner circle, is the conflict coming to an end?
The Annan Plan: Internal Failure but External Hope
Kofi Annan’s six point plan has been sidelined as a total failure by many political observers and increasingly by those within the Obama administration. It may be argued that the Syrian rebels agree, given a recent bombing of army troops guarding United Nations observers. The initiatives put forward by the former Secretary General of the United Nations, specifically the Read More…
The Politicization of the Lebanese Army: Prospects for Increased Sectarian Violence
What had made this country so attractive to international jet setters is also what has allowed it to become co-opted by a plurality of regional and international forces.
Damascus Bombing: Government ‘False Flag’ or al-Qaeda Infiltration?
It has become apparent that a radical jihadist element is now operating in the security vacuum created by the Syrian uprising—but is it to blame for last week’s bombing in Damascus, and is it working alone?
NATO and the Arab Spring: Democracy Promotion and Security Sector Reform
Given NATO’s linkages to Arab states through the Mediterranean Dialogue, the Alliance should actively support the transition to democracy in post-Arab Spring countries by utilizing its various resources in the realms of institutional creation, democracy promotion, and security sector reform. NATO’s efforts to support the Arab Spring, particularly its operation in Libya, have brought the specter Read More…
Interview with Professor Alan Dowty
The NATO Council of Canada had the opportunity to sit down with Professor Alan Dowty from the University of Notre Dame. Professor Dowty is a foremost expert on Middle East International Relations and Israeli politics, and recently served his second time as a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford Read More…
The Syrian Uprising: Signs of a Protracted Military Conflict
By: Alexander Corbeil The Syrian crisis has entered into its eleventh and bloodiest month, with roughly 8,000 dead and no end in sight. The Free Syrian Army (FSA), though under heavy barrage in Homs, continues to provide stiff resistance against President Bashir al-Assad. Damascus’s security forces and elements of the military have proven their loyalty Read More…
A “Militiaous” Turn of Events in Libya
By: Alexander Corbeil Clashes in Tripoli last week between rival militias from Zintan and Misrata highlight a disturbing trend in post-Gaddafi Libya. With the powerful tyrant now dead and his forces thwarted by a combined Libyan-NATO effort, a power vacuum has emerged. The National Transition Council’s leader Mustafa Abdel-Jalil warned that Libya faced “bitter options” Read More…