Syria has a fascinating and complex history of intersecting peoples and civilizations. The modern state gained full independence in 1946. Syria has had a tumultuous history and, particularly within the last decade, has become known for civil war and the ensuing refugee crisis that has had global ramifications. The country, however, has a diverse ethnic and religious population; before the civil war, 10% of the Syrian population was Christian, but now, given the number of Christians who have fled, the proportion of Christians there is now considerably smaller.  



  • On Wednesday, the Syrian Prime Minister met with the Iranian chairman of the Committee for the Development of Iranian Economic Relations with Syria and Iraq. The two spoke about the sanctions that the Iranians and Syrians are facing, especially the American Caesar Act. The meeting was in an effort to provide Syria support economically and to intensify coordination between the two countries to overcome all obstacles. -Al Watan

  • The Syrian Internal Trade Ministry has approved the establishment of an 8th private airline. - Aliqtisadi 

  • On June 18, Syrian citizens held a national stand at the Martyr Square in Homs to protest the Caesar Act. The participants held the Syrian flag and saluted the SAA and condemned the forces of aggression on the people. - SANA 


  • This week, dozens of Syrians protested in the Suweida province due to the deteriorating economic conditions and corruption in the country. The SYP (Syrian pound) stood at $0.002 on Sunday, a record low. - Al Jazeera

  • Turkey has stated that it plans to increase its military presence and strength in Syria as a result of the attacks of the “Syrian Regime.” In a State-sponsored video, Turkish President Erdogan addressed these plans, claiming that this increased strength will allow Turkey to assist in ending the internal war in Syria. He also stressed that Turkey has hosted the most refugees in the world, and thus has been the most affected by the war in Syria. Therefore, he believes that this is Turkey’s only option. - Al Masdar

  • The new US sanctions against Syria, also known as the Caesar Act, will take effect next week. While intended to deliver justice to perpetrators of war crimes in the country’s nine-year conflict, critics are arguing that the sanctions will devastate what’s left of the collapsing economy in Syria. Since April, the Syrian currency has fallen by 70%, and now more than half of Syria’s citizens are facing food scarcity. - The Guardian