Whose sarin?

Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: Read more of this post


Frühling im Bürgerkrieg

In Syrien hat sich der Arabische Frühling zu einem zunehmend von konfessionellen Motiven geprägten Bürgerkrieg entwickelt – Die Hoffnung, dass ein Sturz des Assad-Regimes zur Demokratie führt, ist trügerisch.

Mittlerweile scheint es nur mehr eine Frage der Zeit zu sein, Read more of this post

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood

As Syrian President Bashar Assad grows more and more isolated, his regime’s arch-nemesis – the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun) – is gearing for a comeback. Fortunately for the brotherhood, powerful politicians in Lebanon are ready to lend a helping hand against their former patron.


Although nominally a branch of the eponymous movement founded by Hassan al-Banna in 1920s Egypt, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood is a creature of the socio-economic, cultural, and political setting in which it evolved. Whereas Banna was a man of modest means who rose up to challenge post-colonial Egyptian elites, Read more of this post