Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria project (WPCS)

The Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria project (WPCS) provides operational and strategic analysis of prospects, challenges, trends and policy options in wartime and in preparation for post-conflict in Syria.

WPCS focuses on policy and response-relevant themes, to include: key actors and dynamics of local governance; the war economy and its impact on the future reconstruction of Syria; the fragmentation of the military and security landscape and options to re-shape security frameworks; and regional interventions and their impact on local socio-political dynamics.

WPCS will provide a nuanced understanding of the Syrian conflict’s dynamics and trends by conducting field-based research. It aims to stimulate new approaches and policy responses to the Syrian conflict through a regular dialogue between researchers, policymakers, donors, and practitioners. It also aims to build and empower a network of Syrian researchers that will contribute to research informing international policy and practice related to their country.

The WPCS webpage in Arabic is available here.


The Team

Agnes Favier, Project Director.


Donato Di Bartolomeo, Project Manager

Valentina Gorgoni, Administrative Assistant

Ayoub Lahouioui, Project Associate

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WPCS Publications


Coming Up Through the Cracks: The Islamic State’s Resurgence in Syria and Iraq

By Patrick Haenni and Arthur Quesnay

April 2022 Read it in English

Competition, Collusion and Smuggling: Syria’s Borders with Turkey and Iraq

By Sinan Hatahet and Ayman Aldassouky

March 2022 Read it in English and Arabic

Tribes and Power in Aleppo City

By Ziad Awad

January 2022 Read it in English and Arabic

Syria’s Electricity Sector After a Decade of War: A Comprehensive Assessment

By Sinan Hatahet and Karam Shaar

July 2021 Read it in English and Arabic

Networks, Mobilisation and Resistance in the 2021 Presidential Election in Syria

By the Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria Project’s Team

June 2021 Read it in English and Arabic

The Remnants of Islamic State in Syria: Military Action Alone Cannot Defeat It

By Georges Fahmi, Manhal Baresh and Rashed

April 2021 Read it in English and Arabic

Tribal ‘Sulh’ and the Politics of Persuasion in Volatile Southern Syria

By Abdullah Al-Jabassini and Mazen Ezzi

March 2021 Read it in English

Blog Papers

Mazen Ezzi, Sweida Protests: The Start of a New Syrian Revolution?, June 16th, 2020 – English Arabic

Ninar al-Ra’i, Eastern Ghouta Suffers from the Covid-19 Burden, May 11th, 2020 – English, Arabic

Manhal Bareesh, Idlib: How to Support the Russian-Turkish Agreement and Implement a Lasting Truce? May 6th 2020 – Arabic

Mazen Ezzi, How Can the Tension between Daraa and Sweida Be Contained?, April 17th, 2020 – Arabic

Joseph Daher, “Before Corona, I Will Die of Hunger”: The Socio-Economic Impact of Covid-19 on the Syrian Population and New Challenges for the Regime, April 2nd, 2020 – English

Pieter Both, Understanding Syria’s Enduring Crisis, March 15th, 2021 – English, Arabic

Joseph Daher, The UAE and Damascus: The Normalisation of the Syrian Regime, November 15th, 2021 – English

Mehmet Emin Cengiz, The PYD-PKK Relationship Under Scrutiny, January 10th, 2022 – English

Joseph Daher, Expelled from the Support System: Austerity Deepens in Syria, February 15th 2022 – English

Joseph Daher, The Hellish Cycle Continues for Syria: The Economic Impacts of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, March 28th 2022 – English, Arabic

Sinan Hatahet, The Regional Geopolitical Implications of the Ukrainian Conflict for Syria, April 13th, 2022 – English, Arabic


What are the main objectives, methodology and research components of the WPCS project? Listen to the brief podcast with Joseph Daher and Abdullah al-Jabassini (recorded 29/11/2019). Listen to the Podcast

* Our publications are part of the Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria project (WPCS) which is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the Center for Operational Analysis and Research. Opinions expressed by either partner in the project are their sole responsibility. The contents reflect the views of individual authors and not those of the European Union.