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Charles Lister

Charles Lister

Charles Lister is a senior fellow and Director of the Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program at the Middle East Institute

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2021 Will Be a Defining Year for Syria

In two months’, time, Syria’s crisis will turn ten years old – a grim milestone for what has been th

5 Steps to Amend the US Path in Syria

“Going forward, we do have points of leverage to effectuate some positive changes… there has to be s

After 5 Years of Russian Intervention in Syria

Before 2015, Russia was a largely inconsequential actor in the Middle East – seemingly lacking the m

Russia's Media Campaign Against Assad

In recent weeks, a flurry of commentary from prominent voices and publications in Russia has seen a

ISIS’ Attack in Syria’s Badiya is Just the Beginning

When the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured the village of al-Baghouz in late-March 2

In Syria, We’re Getting Counter-terrorism All Wrong

Syria has been at the center of the world’s counter-terrorism efforts in recent years.

Idlib’s Fate Defines Syria’s Future

More than 300,000 civilians have been displaced in the last four weeks, since the Syrian regime and

US Presence in Syria is Crucial for its Role in the Region

For the last eight years, the situation in Syria has been repeatedly described as chaotic and compli

Southern Syria Shows the War’s Changed Nature

Since the beginning of 2018 until today, the Syrian regime has expanded its control of territory acr

Al-Qaeda and the Decentralization of Terrorism

According to several anonymous American intelligence officials, Osama Bin Laden’s favorite son, Hamz

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