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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

The Syrian Regime Is Pursuing Its Opponents Through the Use of a Loophole – Private Prosecution By Haid Haid - Jul 1, 2019

After the Damascus regime successfully regained control of rebel-held territories in Syria, the number of opposition figures arrested skyrocketed. Yet, they were not arrested on charges filed by the state, as one might have thought. Rather, they were arrested on the basis of private prosecution charges – a judicial recourse in which, in this case, … Continue reading “The Syrian Regime Is Pursuing Its Opponents Through the Use of a Loophole – Private Prosecution”

A Transitional Justice Process for ISIS Members Is Essential for Stability in Syria By Haid Haid - Jun 20, 2019

Following the territorial defeat of ISIS in northeastern Syria, Kurdish-led local authorities are now grappling with bringing the group’s members to justice. The scale of the crimes and the sheer number of victims – combined with massive shortages in resources and personnel – make the task extremely difficult to address through the traditional legal system. … Continue reading “A Transitional Justice Process for ISIS Members Is Essential for Stability in Syria”

Cutting Aid to Syria’s Idlib May Be the Easy Choice for Western Donors, But It’s Not the Right One By Haid Haid - May 7, 2019

The increased dominance of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham over the last rebel-held pocket in north-west Syria is severely hampering efforts toward establishing good governance. Fears that aid money is being siphoned off to HTS, which most of the world regards as a terrorist group, have led Western donors to cut funding for all non-humanitarian projects related … Continue reading “Cutting Aid to Syria’s Idlib May Be the Easy Choice for Western Donors, But It’s Not the Right One”

HTS Attempts State-Building as Survival Strategy in Idlib By Haid Haid - Apr 27, 2019

While the world is looking to Russia and Turkey to determine the fate of greater Idlib, Syria’s former Al Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS), is attempting to shape the future of the region. Following military gains earlier this year against rival opposition groups in the last rebel-held pocket in the country, HTS is establishing … Continue reading “HTS Attempts State-Building as Survival Strategy in Idlib”

Eastern Syria’s Stability Depends on the SDF’s Ability to Win the Peace By Haid Haid - Apr 9, 2019

While the world is celebrating the recent territorial defeat of ISIS, the Syrian Democratic Forces seem to be overwhelmed with efforts to preserve their gains. The group, which led the ground operations against the so-called caliphate in northeastern Syria, has won a crucial battlefield victory, but whether it will be decisive relies on its ability … Continue reading “Eastern Syria’s Stability Depends on the SDF’s Ability to Win the Peace”