New Publication WPCS | Manipulating National Trauma: The Assad Regime’s Wartime Instrumentalisation of Presidential Amnesties | Pieter Both

MEDirections is delighted to share a new Policy Brief from the Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria project (WPCS)

This policy brief explores the Assad regime’s use of amnesties during the Syrian conflict. The purpose of these calculated acts is multifaceted and varies according to prevailing political and security interests linked to the trajectory of the conflict. Amnesties serve a role within the enduring system of repression and exploitation of civilians that has supported the regime’s survival for decades. For multiple reasons, the regime can resort to offering an ‘amnesty’ at will without having to fear political or security repercussions.