Policy Brief

Analysis of Territorial Control in Northeast Syria

This paper sheds light on the updated map of control in the eastern regions of Syria (al-Raqqa, al-Hasakah, Deir ez-Zor), and focuses on explaining how the local actors in the area adopted to different situations. Since 2018, the area has witnessed several major changes in the control map as new powers emerged and old powers disappeared. The paper attempts to show how the presence of international powers has changed since 2018 and how the local actors exerted their influence on specific areas in direct/indirect coordination with the international forces. The paper also aims to mention in details all the local actors in the eastern front, and give a clear idea about the international actors in eastern Syria and the reasons of their presence.