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#36: Syria’s Armed Opposition: A Spotlight on the ‘Moderates’

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•  06.04.2016  •  6 min 00 sec

More than four years after the start of the Syrian uprising, over a thousand armed groups are involved in fighting that has consumed the country. The latest podcast from the Small Arms Survey’s Security Assessment in North Africa (SANA) project investigates the moderate opposition in the Syrian conflict: what types of organizations have they developed? How do they acquire resources, including fighters and materiel? How do they govern the territories they hold? And among so many opposition groups, how do they coordinate with their allies and define their enemies?

Exploring findings from the recent SANA Dispatch, Syria’s Armed Opposition: A Spotlight on the ‘Moderates’, the report’s author Saskia Bass and Small Arms Survey Research Coordinator Nicolas Florquin provide insights into a constantly evolving set of actors.

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#35: There and Back: North African Fighters in Syria

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•  07.10.2015  •  5 min 18 sec

More than 20,000 foreign fighters have fought in Syria, mostly for jihadist groups like  Islamic State (IS), and many of them have come from North Africa. The Small Arms Survey's Security Assessment in North Africa (SANA) project has investigated the motivations and pathways that take North African fighters to Syria. The Issue Brief There and Back: Trajectories of North African Foreign Fighters in Syria, based on available literature, media reports, and interviews with experts, activists, and Syrians who have lived under the yoke of IS, explores the motivations of North African fighters, including how they were recruited and how they made their way from their home countries to the Syrian battlefields. In this Small Arms Survey podcast, the authors, consultant Laurent Vinatier and Arabic Outreach Coordinator Hasnaa El Jamali, discuss their research and its findings.

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#19: On the Edge? Trafficking and Insecurity at the Tunisian–Libyan Border

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  •  24.03.2014  •  7 min 33 sec

Small Arms Survey’s Working Paper On the Edge? Trafficking and Insecurity at the Tunisian–Libyan Border examines the effects of the Libyan armed conflict and its aftermath on the security situation in Tunisia. Based on primary field research conducted in the Jefara region, which borders Libya, the study delves into the complex interactions between actors and processes, in a politically and economically turbulent region. In this podcast Dr. Moncef Kartas, the report author and coordinator of the Security Assessment In North Africa (SANA) project, discusses the study's scope and the policy implications of its findings.

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#8: In Transition: Armed groups in Libya

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  •  21.05.2013  •  5 min 54 sec

Two years after Libyan revolutionary forces deposed Colonel Muammar Qadaffi’s regime, Libya's complex state-building process continues. Local and regional armed groups, including Libya's revolutionary brigades, have an important role to play in this process, although there is no clear understanding of how. As part of its focus project on Libya and North Africa, the Small Arms Survey has commissioned research on the identities and functions of armed groups in the country and region. Small Arms Survey consultants Peter Cole and Brian McQuinn raise some essential points to be taken into account when considering Libya's future, and in particular the part that these groups play.

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