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Haid Haid

Haid Haid is a research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London. He is also a consulting research fellow of Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa program.

Articles By Haid Haid

Erdogan’s Olive Branch to Assad is About Turkey’s Next Election By Haid Haid - Apr 29, 2022

Turkey has recently suggested that it wants to establish dialogue with the Syrian government after years of fraught relations. The gesture came as a surprise to many given there is little indication that such talks would lead to any tangible breakthrough. There remains a bitter hostility and distrust between presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Bashar Al … Continue reading “Erdogan’s Olive Branch to Assad is About Turkey’s Next Election”

Will Syrian Mercenaries Make It to the Ukrainian Battlefield? By Haid Haid - Apr 10, 2022

When Russia was building up troops on the Ukrainian border ahead of the February 24 invasion, local sources reported that Syrian fighters were already registering for deployment. Claims that a recruitment effort was underway were not particularly surprising – they mirrored earlier deployments of Syrian mercenaries by Russia in Libya, among other places. These reports gathered steam after President Vladimir Putin gave the green … Continue reading “Will Syrian Mercenaries Make It to the Ukrainian Battlefield?”

Assad Picks and Chooses from Jordan’s Goodwill Gestures By Haid Haid - Jan 8, 2022

After suspending political and economic ties with its northern neighbor for nearly 10 years, Jordan is currently going at full speed to try and rebuild relations with the Syrian regime. The kingdom’s rapprochement appears to reflect a growing conviction in the region that engagement with Bashar Al Assad is the best way to preserve one’s own interests. … Continue reading “Assad Picks and Chooses from Jordan’s Goodwill Gestures”