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Felix Legrand

Felix Legrand is an independent researcher and consultant working on the Syrian conflict. His research focuses on the political and military structures of the non-state actors in Syria. He graduated from Sciences-Po Paris and studied Arabic in Yemen and Syria. In 2012 he participated in the foundation of the NGO Initiative for a New Syria. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked for the Arab Reform Initiative. Legrand conducted several field research visits in northern Syria and southern Turkey.

Writer's Publications

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Foreign Backers and the Marginalization of the Free Syrian Army
 
In this new Policy Alternatives paper, Félix Legrand unravels the complexities behind the marginalization of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and proposes possible ways to restore its legitimacy, drawing lessons from the...
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The Resilience of Moderate Syrian Rebels
The Resilience of Moderate Syrian Rebels
As calls emerge for cooperation with the Assad regime to help roll back the advances of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, Felix Legrand argues that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is the only actor in the conflict with the...
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The Colonial Strategy of ISIS in Syria
The Colonial Strategy of ISIS in Syria

The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) has taken control of significant parts of northeast Syria, building an “Islamic state” in the former Baathist stronghold. ISIS relies on a foreign jihadist elite for the core of its military and...

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Spotlight on Geneva while Syria Sinks in the Quicksands
Spotlight on Geneva while Syria Sinks in the Quicksands

That the first round of talks in Geneva in the last week of January achieved nothing as Mr Brahimi admitted, is not a surprise. But is there a strategy? For there to be one, it must connect the political negotiations to action on the...

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Empowering the democratic resistance in Syria

French Version

A peaceful uprising in Syria started in spring 2011 turned into...