Columnist

Fadi Esber

Fadi Esber is a founding associate at The Damascus History Foundation, a private organisation promoting research on chosen themes related to the history of Damascus from the 19th century to the present. He is the managing editor of Dimashq Journal, the first peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the city of Damascus and its history. Esber is currently pursing a Doctorate in History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests include Syrian politics and history, Islamist movements and the international relations of the Middle East.

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How lines in the sand continue to damage Syria

Throughout its long history, only a handful of independent entities have emerged in the geographical space known today as Syria. On the other hand, no less than two dozen empires ruled over the lands of the Levant. Syria, nonetheless, was never a civilizational or geopolitical backwater.

February 14, 2018

Can Sochi be Syria’s Taif?

In October 1989, the surviving members of the 1972 Lebanese Parliament convened in the Saudi city of Taif. They reached an agreement to end the 14-year-long civil war by altering the terms on which the Lebanese Republic itself was founded.

January 31, 2018

US alliance just one chapter in story of Syria’s Kurds

The recent Turkish invasion of the Afrin region has brought the “Kurdish question” back to the forefront of discussions on Syria and its future.

January 24, 2018

The dangerous entanglements of Idlib and Afrin

In late 2017, Daesh, the uncompromising terrorist entity that threatened global stability, was dealt a deadly blow and the protracted Syrian conflict came to a halt in almost all of the country’s major urban centers, making a renewed push for a political resolution to the war possible in 2018.

January 17, 2018

US and Europe drifting apart over Middle East strategies

Ever since Donald Trump was elected to office little more than a year ago, relations across the Atlantic have been, at best, tense.

January 10, 2018

Sizing up the Turkish threat

In his magnum opus “Strategic Depth,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top foreign policy adviser Ahmet Davutoglu predicted that one day popular uprisings would bring down authoritarian regimes in neighboring countries.

January 03, 2018

2018 will be a test for Russian diplomacy in Syria

In the final days of 2016, the UN Security Council unanimously passed resolution 2254, calling for a political resolution to the conflict in Syria via the ongoing Geneva process. The resolution came on the back of the Syrian government’s capture of east Aleppo with Russian support.

December 27, 2017

Breakthroughs and dilemmas dominate a turbulent year in Syria

On April 4, the US accused the Syrian government of launching a chemical attack near Khan Shaykhun in Idlib. Donald Trump immediately ordered a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base, driving Russian-American tensions to an unprecedented boiling point.

December 21, 2017

US role in peace talks skewed by loyalty to Israel

The recent decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the American Embassy there from Tel Aviv reverberated around the world.

December 14, 2017