Syria in Context

Cross-cutting analysis on the Syrian war and its fallout.

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Cross-cutting analysis on the Syrian war and its fallout.

Syria in Context

Weekly subscriber briefing launched

Syria in Context has now launched. Our first brief came out on May 8 to paying subscribers. There’ll be another brief next week, so be sure to sign up today.

Why subscribe?

It’s hard to keep up with everything that’s happening in and around Syria. It’s even harder to understand how each individual development—diplomatic, humanitarian, security—impacts the situation on the ground and how it shapes the wider trajectory of the conflict. Avid Syria watchers—be it for journalism, analysis, policy, or out of general interest—can easily be overwhelmed by the deluge of information available or simply consumed by the immediacy of the problem before us.

We keep an eye on the nitty-gritty comings and goings and will deliver short sharp, simple, information to your inbox each week.

  • WEEK IN REVIEW: Key events and developments in Syria and beyond - and how they relate to one another.

  • SPOTLIGHTS: Regularly highlighting crucial issues, personalities, laws, and policy developments that we think aren’t getting the attention they deserve.

  • OUTLOOK: We keep one eye on the horizon and analyze dynamics on the ground that we think will shape events to come.

  • READING: We’ll highlight a handful of stories we think you should be reading, as well as pointing to both recent and historical reports and analysis.

  • PROFESSIONAL: Key dates, political developments, events, job listings.

Most sections in our weekly brief will be a couple of hundred words long, explaining what, how, and why it matters. We’ll provide links so you can find out more. As we read through long reports, and hear about key events, we’ll highlight those to you too. And each week we’ll have a spotlight on at least one key person, term, or piece of legislation, so that over time you build up your knowledge of the key information that underpins the news.

Each brief is kept in a password protected website, so you can refer back to it at any time.

Syria in Context will develop and expand to suit the needs and size of the audience. More subscribers will enable us to do more feature research and analysis. Our initial customer research gave us a sense of what we think you want to know, but we’d love to hear from you with ideas about things to cover.

The Editors

Emma Beals is an award-winning investigative journalist and analyst who has been focused on Syria almost-exclusively since 2012. Emma is focused on humanitarian aid and development, siege and “reconciliation”, stabilization and reconstruction, and HLP and refugee returns.

Tobias Schneider is a Research Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. His work mainly focuses on the political economy of conflict, insurgency, and state fragility in Syria and the contemporary Middle East. He regularly contributes analysis to the Middle East Institute as well as the "Reconstructing Syria" initiative at the Atlantic Council.


How much does it cost?

$15 a month. This is so Emma and Tobias can cover the cost of the time they spend researching and analyzing the developments in Syria that directly impact the work of policy-makers, humanitarians, diplomats, journalists, analysts, and the daily lives of millions of Syrians. If you are a freelancer, or have other financial reasons why $15 p/m is prohibitive, please get in touch to discuss with us.

What do I get when I subscribe?

Initially, you’ll get at least four briefings per month delivered directly to your inbox. Each week, we’ll look at what’s been happening in Syria, shine a spotlight on particular feature subject, and go into detail on relevant legislation, events, policies, individuals, and take a look at the horizon for what’s to come.

Can I forward the emails?

Individual subscriptions are the sole source of revenue for ‘Syria in Context’ and so we ask that you please refrain from forward subscriber-only content. You may occasionally pass them on to colleagues if there is a particularly relevant article, but please encourage them to sign up themselves.

Cross-cutting analysis on the Syrian war and its fallout.