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Syrian Civil Society Strives to Rebuild Communities | Syria Deeply

July 29, 2014
New America Foundation's Leila Hilal describes how local councils have tried to manage and rebuild Syrian communities.

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Experts on Middle East Evaluate IMF Recommendations

February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – As Tunisia’s new constitution goes into effect and other transitioning Arab countries seek to address the social and economic grievances at the heart of citizen demands, there is a need to reexamine international economic policy toward the region. The IMF is the main driver of that policy and special attention should be paid to recommendations coming from the multi-lateral giant. 

Syria Talks Could Bring About Modest Gains, Say Analysts | The National

January 22, 2014

“The terms of ceasefire in theory could be positive, but in actuality would take a lot to be implemented on the ground,” said Leila Hilal, the director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation think tank. “But at the same time, this ...

The Middle East's Disappearing Borders

January 9, 2014

“The last year was a good one for al Qaeda, and for jihadism more broadly,” wrote the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Daveed Gartenstein-Ross earlier this week. He continued: “Al Qaeda affiliates drove Iraq to its highest violence levels since 2007, capped off a year of increasingly sophisticated attacks in the Horn of Africa with a notorious assault on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, and took control of entire cities in northern Syria while attracting large numbers of foreigners to that battlefield.”

U.S. Halts Aid To Syrian Rebels In A Sign Search For Moderate Force Has Failed | The San Luis Obispo Tribune

December 11, 2013

... in negotiations or to urge participation from the Islamic Front in recognition that “people they don't necessarily want to affiliate with are the power brokers on the ground,” said Leila Hilal, director of the Middle East Task Force at the New ...

Analysts: Public Outlook On Syria Ignores Inconvenient Truths | News & Observer

October 21, 2013

Her remarks were so frank that the moderator, Leila Hilal, a Syrian-American scholar who's the director of New America's Middle East Task Force, felt compelled to thank her for her “candid comments,” particularly on the magnitude and challenges of the ...


September 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — As the crisis in Syria continues, Russia’s proposal to place Syria’s chemical weapons under United Nations jurisdiction has emerged as a possible diplomatic alternative to military intervention.

Amid Talk of Chemical Weapons Deal, a Timeline of Assad's Broken Promises | alJazeera America

September 10, 2013


“Whether it's a delay tactic or not, it represents a potential important political breakthrough because it could bring momentum for a political process many have wanted,” said Leila Hilal, director of the Middle East task force at the New America Foundation.
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Commentary: U.S. Military Should Not Intervene in Syrian Civil War | Herald Times Reporter

September 5, 2013

“I think Israel wants the Syrian civil war to continue” by weakening Assad's forces, said Daniel Levy, a former Israeli government official who is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Israel wants “a bigger U.S. military footprint in the ...

Syria and the Politicization of British Foreign Policy | Reuters UK

September 2, 2013

As my colleagues at the European Council on Foreign Relations Anthony Dworkin, Daniel Levy and Julien Barnes-Dacey argued in a thoughtful paper last night, the rush to intervene punitively leaves many unanswered questions about the purpose and ...

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