Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
The report was developed by interviewing citizens in Aleppo, Syria on a monthly basis. It is a street block by street block analysis.
The citizens were asked a variety of questions such as:
Who do you think is the legitimate representative of the Syrian people?
Who provides security?
Where do people turn to settle their disputes, or in the event of a crime or theft?
Who controls the checkpoints?
How restrictive are the checkpoints?
How often do you let your children out of the home?
How frequent are crimes?
The report also focuses on:
Location of check points and road blocks
Location of bakeries
Price of bread
Access to electricity
I am currently still reviewing the report, and I will be writing several articles/blog posts with summaries, findings, and links to additional sources of reliable information/data regarding Syria.
So far I can state a few things in regards to Aleppo and Syria:
Many people assume incorrectly that the Saudi Government is the main financial backers of al Qaeda, ISIS, and other radical Islamic groups. This is not true, in fact Al Qaeda and other radical Islamic groups want to overthrow the Regime in Saudi Arabia.
I will be researching and writing a lot more regarding Syria in the next few months to bring my own knowledge up to date, and to inform those who wish to learn about this very fluid and chaotic conflict.
Over the course of four months American Security Project supported Caerus Associates and First Mile Geo in what may be the highest fidelity, time series analysis of the ongoing human tragedy unfolding inside of Aleppo, Syria.
The picture derived from this work offers a clear and stunning perspective, street block by street block of the Syrian conflict and the impact it is having.
The report’s authors, David Kilcullen and Nathaniel Rosenblatt, draw from this picture by covering the humanitarian, security, political, and governance implications that follow from it.
This work does not just tell us something about Syria, however. It also tells us something about how advancements in innovative technology like First Mile Geo can offer a dynamic and interactive picture that can be used by analysts and humanitarian responders alike.