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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

15 Dec 2017
There are still major questions and a lot of potential for escalating violence in various parts of Syria. Reuters

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
21 Nov 2017
[For the heads of state attending the Sochi summit], one of the principal [questions] is what form the Kurdish participation in Geneva will take. I do not see the Turks making progress on this point. AFP

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
3 Nov 2017
[U.S. escalating air attacks] tremendously help the narrative of a jihadi group like the Islamic State. The Atlantic

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
19 Oct 2017
Geneva hasn’t been effective at all in shaping [Syria’s] events on the ground. [It can’t achieve a negotiated agreement without] political will from the conflict’s internal and external players. The Christian Science Monitor

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
17 Oct 2017
We’ve seen aspects of governance [in Syria] managed by cadres within the [People's Protection Units (YPG)] and the [Democratic Union Party (PYD)]. That has been a source of tension in some areas. Al Jazeera

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
17 Oct 2017
IS sleeper cells and the Syrian regime may see an interest in using loyalist networks to destabilise things. Either of those dynamics could heighten ethnic tension. Reuters

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