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Neil Hauer

Neil Hauer is a security analyst based in Tbilisi, Georgia. His work focuses on the Syrian conflict, particularly Russia’s role; politics and minorities in the South Caucasus; and violence and politics in the North Caucasus, particularly Chechnya and Ingushetia, where he conducts regular fieldwork. He previously served as senior intelligence analyst at The SecDev Group in Ottawa, Canada. He has consulted for the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on radicalization and security.

Articles By Neil Hauer

What the Burgeoning Insurgency in South Syria Means for Russia By Neil Hauer - Aug 25, 2019

Most of the media focus in Syria in recent weeks has been on the intense combat going on along the frontlines of Greater Idlib province. An offensive lasting several weeks by pro-regime forces, supported by a massive Russian bombing campaign, has resulted in a high number of casualties among government troops while achieving little. The … Continue reading “What the Burgeoning Insurgency in South Syria Means for Russia”

Despite Russia’s Efforts, the Syrian Army Is as Inept as Ever By Neil Hauer - Jul 14, 2019

On a countrywide scale, Syria’s battlefields and areas of control have been largely stable for a year or more. Territory is roughly divided between the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad and US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces, with a Turkish-held zone north and west of Aleppo and a broader rebel-controlled territory centered on Idlib governorate rounding out … Continue reading “Despite Russia’s Efforts, the Syrian Army Is as Inept as Ever”

Russia’s Latest Declaration of Victory in Syria Carries an Echo of the Soviet Era  By Neil Hauer - Mar 24, 2019

Russia just launched its latest celebration of victory in Syria. As part of the “Defenders of the Fatherland” holiday, officials on February 23 inaugurated the “Syrian Breakthrough” train in Moscow. The train, which contains over 500 war trophies from Russia’s campaign in Syria, will traverse the country multiple times over the next two months, covering … Continue reading “Russia’s Latest Declaration of Victory in Syria Carries an Echo of the Soviet Era “