Senior Fellow & Director of @MEI_Syria & @MEI_CTE programs at @MiddleEastInst. Author of #TheSyrianJihad & more. American-British in DC.

Washington, DC
Joined January 2012
NEW -- #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine has killed #Syria diplomacy & will trigger an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. To adapt to this challenge, I propose a bold new approach -- "Freeze and Build" -- focusing more strategically on aid/stabilization: mei.edu/publications/freeze-…
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8yrs after her son's murder, the extraordinarily brave Diane Foley has now met with Kotey x3 times, per this report by @richschapiro @annaschecter & @DuncanGardham. nbcnews.com/news/crime-court… We at @MiddleEastInst & @ICSR_Centre were truly honored to host her virtually last week.
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“When hatred reigns, everyone loses.” @FoleyDi talks about meeting Alexander Kotey, one of the #ISIS “Beatles” responsible for Jim’s murder. Another meet is scheduled next week, per Kotey’s plea deal. “I tried to be a good listener,” she said. @JamesFoleyFund #DetaineeDilemma
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"What happened to John Cantlie? My hunt for the forgotten #ISIS hostage" - This is quite the investigative, deep dive report by @A_Loyd_Times, into a grim, murky & ultimately, very sad tale. thetimes.co.uk/article/what-…
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In the space of 24hrs, the U.S. Supreme Court - Expanded gun rights & - Eliminated a woman's constitutional right to abortion #America is regressing.
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Thanks to the @GOP, women in 1/5 of #America now have less rights over their bodies than women in #Iran & #Somalia. "Making #America Great Again" never sounded so absurd. ft.com/content/ebf64d7b-064c…
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Nobody arranges a meeting like this at Cafe Milano without intending to be spotted -- and reported on. The question is: why? Baffling.
NEW: Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov had lunch on Thursday at Cafe Milano in Georgetown with former U.S. envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. I was at a nearby table and overheard much of the conversation. What they said, via @playbookdc: politico.com/newsletters/pla…
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In the last 11yrs, 228,893 civilian deaths have been fully verified in #Syria. 91% were killed by #Assad's regime & #Russia. #ISIS? 2%. The world mobilized en masse to neutralize the #ISIS threat (a symptom of #Syria's crisis), but is now indifferent to #Assad's persistence.
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NEW -- I'm thrilled to reveal the agenda for the #DetaineeDilemma conference scheduled for July 13 in #WashingtonDC, hosted by @MiddleEastInst & @ICSR_Centre. All information on the agenda, along with sign-up (in-person & virtual) is available here: mei.swoogo.com/resolvingdeta…
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On June 23, @INTERPOL_HQ & the #UAE hosted a #MiddleEast counter-narcotics conference, under the rubric of the international 'Operation Lion Fish.' #Assad's regime was invited to participate -- because a narco state producing ~$30bn of drugs per year has so much to contribute...
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"After a decade of conflict, normalization is good... It’s a really positive sign; it’s one of those symbols of better times ahead.” - Says "James Willcox," whose "adventure tourism" company @untamedborders is making money sending people to #Syria. washingtonpost.com/world/202…
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Tour leaders interviewed by @washingtonpost "all" denied being accompanied by regime minders (of course they did...). "Tourists" say they're only helping #Syria's local economy -- but #Assad's cronies are cashing it in, planning 5-star hotel complexes & more. Oh the naïveté.
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"#Ukraine will win & we will prevail." Bold statement in this video, from @JosepBorrellF, the EU's foreign policy chief.
Ukraine will prevail. Europe will prevail. Today marks the beginning of a long journey that we will walk together. The Ukrainian people belong to the European family. Ukraine’s future is with the EU. We stand together for peace. My message with ⁦⁦@JosepBorrellF
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In ~2 weeks, the UNSC will vote on whether cross-border aid will be allowed to continue crossing into northwest #Syria, to ~4 million people in need. Concerns are rising that #Russia intends to veto -- which would trigger a "humanitarian catastrophe," according to @UN bodies.
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In recent yrs, the cross-border mechanism has seen ~1,000 trucks of humanitarian aid enter NW #Syria each month -- a monthly effort costing ~$100 million. In 12 months, x5 cross-line (from #Damascus) convoys have reached the NW, totaling 60 trucks. There is NO comparison.
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Neither the @UN nor international humanitarian principles were set up to allow individual nation states to veto the provision of aid to those in need. But #Russia is doing just that -- it's "abominable," per @UNCoISyria. We cannot let #Moscow veto, without severe consequences.
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"Despite limited intelligence, the U.S. is already seeing the re-establishment of terrorist training camps inside #Afghanistan." - Per @CENTCOM Commander Kurilla, who added that "over the horizon" capabilities were having little effect. wsj.com/articles/u-s-courts-…
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Per @UN polling, 93% of Syrian refugees have no intention to return to a #Syria controlled by #Assad's regime. 1.5% hope to return within 12 months. Resistance to returning to #Syria has *increased* in recent years.
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Charles Lister retweeted
Resolving the Detainee Dilemma: What Next for the Men, Women & Children of Islamic State | Mark your calendars for the 2nd half of MEI & @ICSR_Centre’s joint conference examining the #DetaineeDilemma in NE #Syria. 7/13, in Washington D.C. Register below: mei.swoogo.com/resolvingdeta…
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The #DetaineeDilemma conference will also feature a rare public panel bringing together officials from the E3 (#UK, #France & #Germany) to discuss #ISIS, #Syria & #Iraq: - "Confronting an Evolving Threat from Islamic State: European Perspectives."
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The conference will also highlight the #DetaineeDilemma's acute humanitarian crisis & challenges: - The Unsustainability of the Camps & Prisons: How Things Need to Change Featuring @FCarboniICRC, @lettatayler (@HRW), @SaharAtrache (@RefugeesIntl) & @save_children's Sonia Khush.
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Additional high-level U.S. Government keynotes will be announced in the coming days. In the meantime, check out the agenda & make sure to RSVP to attend in-person at @MiddleEastInst (numbers are limited!) and online, via livestream. mei.swoogo.com/resolvingdeta…
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