Bassel Oudat's Articles

Syria’s Constitutional Committee remains without a timeline or mechanism, writes Bassel Oudat from Damascus

With discussion continuing about Syria’s possible return to full membership of the Arab League, commentators have been pointing to many obstacles

A project to transport Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity to Lebanon via Syria may be part of an intricate political game in the region

The southern Syrian city of Daraa remains under siege by regime forces, with other actors having stakes in a possible political solution to the crisis, reports Al-Ahram Weekly from Damascus

A UN Security Council Resolution has extended the use of the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing to deliver humanitarian aid to northern Syria for another six months

This week’s presidential elections in Syria will do nothing to help solve the ongoing crisis in the country, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Presidential elections will be held in Syria on 26 May following a recent announcement by the government

A proposal for a joint ruling military council made up of dissident military officers and officers loyal to the regime is winning widespread support in Syria

Who was the intended recipient of new US President Joe Biden’s first military operation in the Middle East?

The Syrian regime is rumoured to be secretly negotiating with Israel in a bid to help it stay in power

There are few reasons to hope for an end to the Syrian conflict in 2021, but in the absence of a lasting political solution there can be no winners or losers

What changes can be expected in US policy on the Syrian conflict in the wake of the election of US President-elect Joe Biden?

Reports of Syrian mercenaries being sent to Nagorno-Karabakh and Libya by Turkey have raised questions about the country becoming a reservoir of fighters-for-hire

A recent interview with the Russian media by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad implied that there would be no change in regime policies or its attitude to a new constitution

The tightening of US sanctions on Syria under the Caesar Act has led to additional suffering throughout the country compounded by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Beirut blast may allow Syria a respite from international pressures, but in the long run it will add to the country’s woes

Syria’s Kurds are closing ranks after years of differences on their position in northeastern Syria, with uncertain consequences for the country as a whole, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

The US Caesar Act is likely to tighten the noose as never before around the Syrian regime, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Russia has raised the diplomatic level of its relations with Syria in a move that could have wide implications in the country’s reconstruction phase, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Cracks have emerged in the Syrian ruling family in an unprecedented public quarrel about financial power and influence, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

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