Eastern Expectations: The Changing Dynamics in Syria’s Tribal Regions

Kheder Khaddour, Kevin Mazur
Content Type
Research Paper
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
With all eyes on western Syria, developments in eastern Syria, which is populated mainly by tribal communities, will be just as important for the country’s future. Numerous parties involved in Syria’s conflict—including the Assad regime, radical Islamists, Turkey, and the Kurds—have sought to integrate tribal leaders into their political agendas, believing their tribes would follow. However, these leaders no longer have the authority they once did. Syria’s conflict has forced tribal communities to turn inwards, and such localization has further undermined tribal solidarities.
Political structure, Political stability
Political Geography