Subjects – Syria Report

Early Recovery


Wassim Qattan is a Damascene businessman who emerged among Syria’s business elite only a few years ago and is believed to be acting as a front for powerful regime personalities. Unknown prior to 2017, Mr Qattan has acquired several high-profile contracts from state institutions in the real estate and hospitality sectors. With little information on his source of wealth, he is widely believed to be acting as a front for wealthy and powerful regime personalities, even if the identity of his sponsor remains unclear.
The government has increased unsubsidised oil prices, attributing the hike to “rising global oil prices” and to its effort “to narrow the wide gap with black market prices.” Damascus has also announced a new Iranian credit line for the purchase of oil supplies from Tehran.
In an effort to ease the fallout of sanctions in non-government territories and stabilise areas liberated from the Islamic State, the U.S. administration has issued a general licence authorising economic activities, including foreign investments, in non-regime held areas of Northwest and Northeast Syria.


This report examines economic and socio-political developments in Northeast Syria prior to and following 2011. It sheds light on the political institutions and economic policies of the AANES, as well as its relations with the Syrian government. Lastly, it provides a sketch of the administration's budget and covers various public and private sector investments.
The following text is a transcript of the concluding statement made by the Chair of the Brussels VI Conference on May 10, 2022. 1. The Sixth Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” (Brussels VI) took place on 10 May 2022 in physical format, hosted and chaired by the European Union (EU). It […]
The following text is the transcript from the statement made by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, at the Brussels VI Conference, held on May 10, 2022.