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Assad,the Regime, and the Logic of the War

FIRST EPISODE of the five-part online event series „Syria – The war on Europe’s doorstep“, Start: 17:30h / 5.30 pm



The Syrian war with all its brutality against the civilian population is to a considerable degree shaped the struggle for regime-survival of the ruling elites in Damascus. However, in the course of the conflict, the power structure within the Assad regime has changed. This transformation continues until today and its outcome is still open: What are the goals and strategies of Assad and his entourage? What changes is the regime currently undergoing and how will this process affect the future development of the Syrian conflict? Start: 5:30 p.m. / 17:30

First episode of the five-part online event series „Syria – The war on Europe’s doorstep“.

The event takes place via Zoom. After registration you will receive further information and an access link one day before the event.





Freitag, 19.06.2020
17:30 Uhr
moderated discussion

Sam Dagher, Journalist, Author, and non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute, Detroit
Tobias Schneider, Research Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin

Tobias Schneider, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin / Tobias Schneider, Research Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin

Moderation/Presentation: Thomas Müller-Färber


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Sam Dagher
Sam Daghar is an American-Lebanese journalist and author who has lived and worked in the Middle East for more than 16 years. He was the only non-Syrian reporter for a major Western media outlet based fulltime in Damascus in 2012-2014. Sam currently contributes to The Atlantic and is a non-resident scholar with the Middle East Institute. Before that, he worked for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Agence France. Sam’s book “Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria” was picked as one of the best of 2019 by The Economist, Kirkus Reviews, and The Guardian.
Tobias Schneider
Tobias Schneider is a Research Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. His research interests include insurgency and counterinsurgency in the contemporary Middle East and related issues of state weakness, security sector development, and the political economy of conflict. Prior to joining GPPi, he worked for IHS Markit, the World Bank and the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington D.C. He is the co-editor of “Syria in Context” – a weekly subscription publication covering key humanitarian and security policy developments in and around Syria.