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Dareen Khalifa

Senior Analyst, Syria
Istanbul, Turkey

Crisis Group Role

Dareen Khalifa is a Senior Analyst at the International Crisis Group working on security, conflict, politics, and governance in Syria.

Professional Background

Dareen has 13 years of experience working on the Middle East, with a particular focus on sub-state armed group dynamics, local governance, and civil society. She has worked on the Syria conflict in a number of roles since 2013, most recently with the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), regularly traveling to Iraq and Syria to engage with various civilian and armed actors on initiatives to mitigate conflict. Dareen has an MA in Human Rights and Public Policy from University College London.

Area of Expertise

  • Sub-state armed group dynamics
  • Local governance
  • Civil society in Syria and the Middle East

Selected Publications

In addition to publishing numerous research outputs and policy reports for Kings College London, she has also published for the Washington Post among other outlets.

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English

In The News

31 Aug 2020
The Kurdish leadership has every reason to suspect that Russia will not push Damascus to accept anything that Turkey might interpret as protecting or legitimizing the YPG. Kurdistan24

Dareen Khalifa

Senior Analyst, Syria
13 Apr 2020
I don't think Turkey or Russia believe this ceasefire will hold for a long time. It left key issues unresolved. BBC News

Dareen Khalifa

Senior Analyst, Syria
27 Mar 2020
As the Syrian economy continues to deteriorate and violence escalates, fewer and fewer families will be able to access even the nominally available public care. Vox

Dareen Khalifa

Senior Analyst, Syria
25 Mar 2020
[The Syrian civilian population] think it’s suicidal to move toward the regime, or at best, it’s unknown. Washington Post

Dareen Khalifa

Senior Analyst, Syria
17 Mar 2020
These [Turkish and Russian] patrols are meant to be politically symbolic, demonstrating both countries’ ability to cut through rebel-controlled Idlib and secure the highway. Arab News

Dareen Khalifa

Senior Analyst, Syria
24 Feb 2020
Russia can help the Syrian regime crush Idlib if it is willing to absorb the grave cost of victory. If it hopes to spare itself that cost it needs to strike a new agreement to which HTS is a counterparty. TRT World

Dareen Khalifa

Senior Analyst, Syria

Latest Updates

Q&A / Europe & Central Asia

Deadly Clashes in Syria’s Idlib Show Limits of Turkey’s Options

A deadly attack on Turkish forces in Syria has brought Idlib’s crisis to a dangerous crossroads. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Turkey, Syria and Russia experts explain what happened and what’s at stake.

Are There Alternatives to a Military Victory in Idlib?

Last weekend, the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia met in Ankara to discuss, among other things, the latest developments in Syria amid Turkish concerns over the consequences of a Syrian government offensive in the last rebel enclave, Idlib. 

Originally published in Valdai