“The Role of Philanthropy in the Syrian War: Regime-Sponsored NGOs and Armed Group Charities”, Ayman Aldassouky and Sinan Hatahet (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

This article examines the motivations, tools, strategies and affiliations of three regime-sponsored organizations and two charities associated with warlords. The study reveals continuity of the regime policy of transferring the responsibility for social welfare from the state to the private and associative sectors, together with the emergence of two new phenomena: the development of new spheres of competition among the highest echelons of power; and a tendency of loyalist armed groups to upgrade their social standing by providing their constituents with charity and services.

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