Alex Simon

Alex Simon

@AlexGSimon

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Syria Program Director @SynapsNetwork

Beirut, Lebanon
Joined on January 29, 2012
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We're as eager as ever to assist young Lebanese graduates as they make their way onto the job market https://t.co/IRueJfoEoB

We're as eager as ever to assist young Lebanese graduates as they make their way onto the job market https://t.co/IRueJfoEoB

Really cool new research outlet, whose first issue is a uniquely deep dive into the oligarchy that dominates occupied Palestine. It's a story that goes back to 1948, and weaves together diverse strands of Palestine's vast diaspora. From @pol_econ_1986 https://t.co/NslOPQMQPm

Syrian activists in Turkey feel the walls closing in around them, as their ambitions in Syria crumble and the Turkish authorities tighten their grip. Important read from @amberinzaman & @Dwilkofsky1 https://t.co/39AKhSbuRj

Kolkata‘s story has echoes across the post-colonial world: nationalism & leftism, partition & population movements. But what makes Kolkata so interesting is how it has preserved its pre-independence ethos, and what this means for India's new nationalism https://t.co/Z80yxmoSev

#Kolkata’s streets speak a political language of their own, which is incredibly visual. Here are a few snapshots of the city’s political spaces over the past five years. https://t.co/quWpQfwvvy

#Kolkata’s streets speak a political language of their own, which is incredibly visual. Here are a few snapshots of the city’s political spaces over the past five years. https://t.co/quWpQfwvvy

Part of the problem with working in the Arab world is how we come to think of its problems as unique. Follow us to India to see that the trends aren't just similar, but part of dynamics at work the world over https://t.co/h6W2thSS1d

Across the world, politics are increasingly shaped by backward-looking regimes who live off exploiting divisions within their societies. @SynapsNetwork's latest tells the story of Kolkata, whose diversity runs up against the chauvinism of the ruling BJP https://t.co/Z80yxmoSev

Quoted @SynapsNetwork

With the region around us consumed by one crisis after the next, on Monday we’ll publish our first slow read on a place further afield https://t.co/eCrrgwCJxl

With the region around us consumed by one crisis after the next, on Monday we’ll publish our first slow read on a place further afield https://t.co/eCrrgwCJxl

Each time I dig into some topic far from the Middle East, I'm struck by how many of the region's defining trends cut across continents. @SynapsNetwork's latest looks far afield to explore migration, polarization, and the tension between a diverse society & a chauvinist regime https://t.co/BwUvZlSFuh

THREAD حذّرت الدّولة في لبنان باستمرار من تفاقم أزمة وباء كورونا خلال الأشهر السّتة الماضية، لكن دون القيام بالحدِّ الأدنى المطلوب لتعزيز قدرتها على الاستجابة. السَّبب ليس قلة الموارد، بل سوء توجيه هذه الموارد كالمعتاد

And a disclaimer: In 2017, a more naive version of myself penned an op-ed amplifying the myth of Lebanon's army as an anchor for stability. Today, it's hard to imagine how that myth ever felt convincing

As Lebanon’s security apparatus continues to disgrace itself, it bears asking how Western nations assess years of bilateral security cooperation, training programs, "security sector reform," and donations in kind

Quoted @SynapsNetwork

THREAD Lebanon has continually warned of a looming covid crisis over the past six months, while doing very little to shore up its capacity to manage one. The reason is not a lack of resources, but an inefficient (albeit time-tested) way of allocating them

A dilemma: By circumventing corrupt and ineffective Lebanese institutions, foreign donors may further undercut vital public infrastructure. This risk is especially acute in the health sector, as functioning public hospitals are indispensable to managing a covid surge https://t.co/Bk5pwPZWU7

Quoted @AlexGSimon

Given just how grim things are in Lebanon, these pointless theatrics cross way over the line from silly to offensive https://t.co/9yxKNgTuYo

...not to mention buzzing fighter jets low over a city that was just blown up https://t.co/OKQWFPK3qL

Quoted @FayrouzOfficial

الرابية ٣١ آب ٢٠٢٠ © Soazig de la Moissonniere / Présidence de la République https://t.co/4TgGmKmrNY

الرابية ٣١ آب ٢٠٢٠
© Soazig de la Moissonniere / Présidence de la République https://t.co/4TgGmKmrNY

Who thought it was cool for Macron to go without a mask to a photo op with an elderly celebrity https://t.co/OfcG4uuHmJ

Quoted @mojobeirut

The 'Patrouille de France', the world's oldest aerobatics unit, painting #Lebanon's skies with the red, white and green of the national flag 🇱🇧 @AFP #Macron https://t.co/ojPHuIZpRf

The 'Patrouille de France', the world's oldest aerobatics unit, painting #Lebanon's skies with the red, white and green of the national flag 🇱🇧 
@AFP #Macron https://t.co/ojPHuIZpRf

Given just how grim things are in Lebanon, these pointless theatrics cross way over the line from silly to offensive https://t.co/9yxKNgTuYo

For updates on health, follow our fellow @fahadalsudaid, who authorized this excellent, short overview of the problems faced by the Lebanese health sector https://t.co/UjovXXGM30

THREAD Lebanon has continually warned of a looming covid crisis over the past six months, while doing very little to shore up its capacity to manage one. The reason is not a lack of resources, but an inefficient (albeit time-tested) way of allocating them

Quoted @SynapsNetwork

THREAD Beirut’s fast-moving, bottom-up disaster response has given the capital a much-needed injection of practical support and collective purpose. But this model also has pitfalls, which may prove self-defeating unless local and foreign actors adjust

The dynamism and spontaneity of Beirut's grassroots blast response is both an enormous asset and a growing liability. There's much that can be done to amplify strengths and mitigate weaknesses--starting with a critical assessment of where the response stands now https://t.co/g9dg4U1Dtc

THREAD Beirut’s fast-moving, bottom-up disaster response has given the capital a much-needed injection of practical support and collective purpose. But this model also has pitfalls, which may prove self-defeating unless local and foreign actors adjust

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