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The 6th Lemkin Reunion - July 1-3, 2020

June 16, 2020

Values in Retreat? Is the Resurgence of “Transactional” Foreign Policy Hindering the Prevention of Mass Atrocities, the Promotion of the Rule of Law, and the Global Response to COVID-19?

The Lemkin Reunion, 6th Annual Meeting

Despite UN Warning, Russia Again Bombs Kafer Nabl Hospital

November 18, 2019
Russian airstrikes on Kafr Nabl's Surgical Hospital in Syria, early May 2019, Agence France-Presse Russian airstrikes on Kafr Nabl's Surgical Hospital in Syria, early May 2019, Agence France

Unintended Consequence? Turkish Operation Poised to Return Control of Northern Syria to Assad

October 17, 2019

Just over a week in, Turkey’s continuing incursion into Northern Syria has precipitated significant changes on multiple fronts.  According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of October 14 the fighting has forced up to 300,000 to flee

Humanitarian Catastrophe: Hundreds of Thousands Displaced as Shelling Escalates in Southern Idlib Countryside

September 13, 2019

During the past few weeks, regime forces targeted several towns in the northern countryside of Hama and the southern countryside of Idlib, which led to a large wave of displacement towards the northern countryside near the Syrian-Turkish border.

Syria's Urbicide: The Built Environment as a Means to Consolidate Homogeneity

July 26, 2019

Executive Summary

The Syrian regime has been significantly tampering with the built environment in Syria over the past years in order to realise and sustain political achievements. This paper explores this dimension of the Syrian conflict through the lens of urbicide. It argues that different violent urban arrangements - both destructive and constructive - have been enforced in the Syrian context to consolidate the regime’s authoritarian power and eradicate socio-political diversity. These arrangements include: