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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

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
16 Feb 2017
I think it's fair to assume that Turkish reluctance to get further involved in the Aleppo fight was linked to its understanding with Russia regarding [Operation] Euphrates Shield. Al Jazeera

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
9 Feb 2017
Have the [Syrian] rebels failed tremendously? Absolutely. Have the supporting states been just as factious as the rebels? Absolutely. Financial Times

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
23 Jan 2017
We’re in uncharted territory [with Moscow-led Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan]. We’re here in Russia’s back yard, and the ball is in their court. The Washington Post

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria

Latest Updates

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