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Ali Hamdan

Toward A Vocabulary for Syria’s Opposition

One of the many casualties of Syria’s drawn-out conflict has been empathy. This crisis is particularly acute for what many dub the Syrian “opposition” (al-mu‘aradah). For international observers, the passing of time has seemingly dulled the horror of their suffering and purpose. First, no single actor has successfully positioned itself as the primary defender of the Syrian Revolution. The result is that civil, political, and military actors, with widely diverging visions of ...

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Ali Hamdan



Ali Hamdan is a PhD candidate in the department of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a past graduate fellow at the American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR) and an associate fellow at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO), both in Amman, Jordan, and has collaborated with several Syrian-run organizations. His research studies the mobilizing practices of Syria’s opposition from a geographic perspective, focusing on hubs for opposition activity in exile.