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Charles Lister
Charles Lister is a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. He was formerly the head of MENA at IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre in London, UK, where he managed the assessment of sub-state security threats in the Middle East. Lister’s current research focuses on analyzing the state of the anti-government insurgency in Syria, particularly the growth and evolution of Salafist and jihadist groups. He is also currently authoring a book, provisionally entitled: The Jihadist Insurgency in Syria.

Charles holds an 1st Class MA Honours in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews.

Entries by Charles Lister

Not Just Iraq: The Islamic State Is Also on the March in Syria

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Since their capture of Iraq's second city of Mosul on June 10, a great deal of attention has been paid to the self-labeled 'Islamic State' and its continuing advance across Iraq. On August 2, Islamic State fighters seized the largely Yazidi town of Sinjar and on August 3, they captured...

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The 'Real' Jabhat al-Nusra Appears to Be Emerging

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 9:34 AM

For the past two years, Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra has, to all intents and purposes, adopted a surprisingly pragmatic strategy in Syria, focused on maintaining at least tacitly cooperative relationships with opposition actors of all stripes.

Its first six months of publicly claimed operations (January-July 2012) saw it act...

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Reading Between the Lines: Syria's Shifting Dynamics or More of the Same?

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Syrian opposition forces have won a number of significant military victories in Idlib governorate in recent days. These notable gains have been focused along an area that hugs the strategically important M5 international highway, south of the town of Maarat al-Numan and north of the border with Hama governorate. The...

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American Anti-Tank Weapons Appear in Syrian Rebel Hands (Updated)

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 1:37 PM

In three videos (one, two, three) published on YouTube on 1 and 5 April, members of moderate Syrian rebel group Harakat Hazm were shown operating American-manufactured BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). All three videos -- two show missiles being fired and the third...

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Increasing Military Assistance to the Syrian Opposition? Some Ground Truths...

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:26 AM

The Syrian conflict is now in its fourth year. With time, the strategic momentum has shifted back toward the regime and today we have reached near-total stalemate. For this, President Assad can thank Russia, Iran and other sub-state supporters for their unwavering support. Meanwhile, the opposition has been steadily weakened...

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