Syria After Aleppo: Consolidation of The Regime And Territorial Fragmentation10 May 2017. From 18:30 | Workshop | English | IEMed, Barcelona
The fall of East Aleppo in December 2016 strengthened the military position of the Syrian regime and its allies and revived the dynamics of the conflict in three main areas. In the western part of the country, the loyalists have consolidated their power through new military offensives, surrender and displacement agreements. In northern Syria, the Kurdish YPJ and its Syrian Democratic Forces are at the center of a complex power struggle between the regime, Russia, the United States and Turkey. And in the south we find a “race to the east” between US / Jordanian-backed rebels and loyalist forces trying to be the first to reach Islamic State feuds in the Euphrates Valley. Instead of moving toward a political solution, Astana’s recent “safe zone” agreement should be seen as part of this Great Game.
The lecture is delivered by Thomas Pierret, PhD in Political and Social Sciences from Sciences Po Paris. He is also a professor of Contemporary Islam at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh and a researcher specializing in the politics and sociology of modern Islam, Islamic education, Islam and modern economics, sectarianism and Islam in the media, among other fields. He is currently researching the sociology of insurgent leadership in Syria.