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Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
Beirut, Lebanon

Crisis Group Role

Noah Bonsey is Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst on Syria. He has contributed to coverage of Syria since May 2012, and joined the organization full-time in April 2013. He is based in Beirut and travels throughout the region covering the conflict.

Areas of Expertise

  • The Syrian conflict
  • Geopolitical dynamics in the Levant
  • Jihadi movements

Professional Background

Prior to his current position, Noah worked for three years as an Arabic social media analyst for a private consulting firm, managing a team of analysts focusing on regional political and militant affairs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a Master’s in Arabic from the University of Maryland.

Languages

  • English 
  • Arabic 

In The News

1 Aug 2017
In YPG-held areas [in Syria], a lot of times the local officials with major roles on paper, in practice don't actually have a lot of influence. Al Jazeera

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
8 Jul 2017
There is a tension in the U.S. approach [in Syria], to avoid extended commitments and nation-building on one hand and the need to prevent the possibility of a jihadist resurgence in the future on the other. The New York Times

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
27 Apr 2017
There isn’t an easy solution to [the Turkish-U.S. disagreement on Kurdish militias in Iraq and Syria], and now Turkey has raised the stakes. TIME

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
7 Apr 2017
Nothing about [the U.S. missile strike] suggests that the fundamentals of the Syria conflict have shifted. The New York Times

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
16 Mar 2017
The [Syrian] regime refused to discuss a meaningful political transition even when it appeared to be losing ground militarily, so there is no prospect of it choosing to do so now that it has momentum. Al Jazeera

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
11 Mar 2017
Turkey has always set the Euphrates as a red line [for Kurdish forces in Syria]. The problem is it will be a huge gamble to really do that with US, Russia and YPG, who are a proficient fighting force. AP

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria

Latest Updates

Will the Americans Abandon Us?

Our Senior Analyst for Syria Noah Bonsey visits the north east of the country to meet a Syrian Kurdish organisation that has made the region relatively secure, yet knows that it still has far to go in its struggle – particularly for long-term U.S. support.

Also available in العربية

What's at Stake in the Syrian Peace Talks in Astana?

As a new round of Russian and Turkish-backed peace talks on Syria gets underway, Senior Syria Analyst Noah Bonsey looks at the shifting political dynamics and the challenges ahead.

Also available in العربية

What Comes After the Bloody Battle for Aleppo?

Despite the Syrian regime’s brutally effective campaign to recapture Aleppo, it cannot celebrate victory yet. In this Q&A, Senior Syria Analyst Noah Bonsey talks about the factors likely to fuel greater violence, increased radicalisation and more massive displacement. 

Also available in العربية

What Should Be Discussed at the Syria Peace Talks

Ministers convening in New York must avoid sabotaging the diplomatic train.

Originally published in Newsweek