By Hampton Stall ’15
In the past year, ISIS has grown in power. There is very little doubt about that. ISIS has secured major territorial advances across Iraq, made recent alliances in Nigeria and Libya, and gained a number of pledges of allegiance by more extremist actors (of varying levels of notoriety, from Boko Haram to extremists in Sinai to former AQAP supporters in Yemen). Continue reading Sowing Seeds of Social (Media) Destruction: ISIS as Disruptor and Political Weapon
By Hampton Stall
In the first half of 2012, around a year after the start of the Syrian conflict, the US Institute of Peace (USIP) and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) convened a group of representatives from the Syrian opposition and international transition experts to discuss the future of Syria. What came of this meeting was a document published in August of 2012 (less than 18 months after the start of the conflict). This document was entitled “The Day After Project”, and provided a fairly extensive set of reforms and recommendations for Syria’s transition from autocratic regime to liberal democracy. With this document, a temporary office for the Syrian Transition Support Network was set up in Istanbul to oversee the implementation of key reforms outlined by the document.
Continue reading Rushing Reconciliation: The Day After Project