This interview was conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College. Yasser started by discussing the importance of the invisible part of the uprising, namely the civilian component that has been largely ignored in reporting on the uprising. He then proceeded to provide a breakdown of existing opposition groups on the ground, starting with the political opposition and moving on to the more consequential military opposition. He divides the military opposition to four main grouping: Free Syrian Army (very loosely defined), Islamic Front (a coalition that includes some seven Islamist groups), Jabhat al-Nusra (led by al-Joulani), and, finally, ISIS, or Islamic State in Iraq and Sham/Syria, (led by al-Baghdadi).
Yasser addresses the question of weapons, funding, radicalization, factionalism, internal conflicts within the opposition, sectarianization, and other relevant topics. I tried politely to challenge Yasser on some points related to the use of sectarianism in the Syrian uprising and the use word “revolution,” among other issues. But I preferred not to disrupt the flow of the conversation/interview.
Viewers might want to ask their own questions. Please send all such questions to Syria@Jadaliyya.com. I will submit these questions to Yasser and ask him to consider providing some answers that will publish subsequently.