The Aleppo Project
The Aleppo Project is an open collaboration to capture information about the past of the Syrian city, analyze the conflict that is destroying it, and help residents plan for the future. It focuses on those displaced from the city and others whose voices are rarely heard when it comes to peacemaking or reconstruction.
Syrian Army Engages in Widespread Looting in Aleppo
While the Syrian government and its Russian allies were claiming that eastern Aleppo had been liberated by its forces, its soldiers were engaged in widespread looting of private property. This adds to the long list of war crimes carried out by the Damascus government, including the deliberate targeting of civilians, deliberate starvation, and forced displacement.
The Aleppo Survey Responses
The survey offers deep insight into important urban topics and issues in Aleppo such as social life, space use, property ownership and damage, transport, public services, places of common significance, and inward and outward migration. We publish our Aleppo Survey on the basis that it should be available to Aleppians as well as researchers that will contribute to the understanding of Aleppo and help plan for its future.Read more
The Aleppo Future of Solar Energy
Large solar arrays offer one of the best ways to restore power to Syrian cities like Aleppo. Cheap to manufacture, quick to assemble and with low running costs, dispersed solar generation systems would also add resilience to an energy system that has been severely damaged by war and will remain at risk of violent attack.Read more
Football: a Syrian Elegy
Our descent was fast and sudden when it came to both war and football. The 2010-2011 season was called off in its entirety. Civil war leaves little untouched. You more or less have to take a side or you leave. Footballers did all those things, leaving diminished teams struggling with their third string players.Read more
The War Economy in Northern Syria
War upends economies. In Syria it has unraveled longstanding economic networks and created new groups: a violent, power-seeking elite that now controls most sources of wealth; a new opportunistic class providing services to a third group; that is the urban poor living on the edge of survival. There are three economies now in the north of the country: the combat economy, the shadow economy and the coping economy, all of which are now closely entwined.Read more
It is Not Over Yet
Aleppo is likely to fall into government hands soon. Russian jets and Iranian fighters have crushed the hopes of many for a better life and greater freedom. Now the Syrian forces, skilled at little but the killing of unarmed civilians, are setting to work rounding up young men. Many will never be seen again.Read more