An interview I did for a publication in Armenia recently on Christians in the Syrian conflict. Although some interesting bits on Christian defense groups were edited out (for length), the discussion ranged from sectarianism – to Christians leaving Syria – to forced conversions by Islamist militias – to the fate of the Christians in Wadi al-Nasarah.
What to keep in mind? I think it’s this:
“The Levant is all the richer for its diversity, and Christians play a huge part in that…I don’t think it is right to extrapolate from the actions of a few thousand extremists and plunge straight into a war-of-civilizations discourse. There is a real danger of exacerbating conflict by ‘framing’ the narrative in sectarian terms.”
Interview in English: http://www.mediamax.am/en/news/interviews/9113/
Interview in Armenian: http://www.mediamax.am/am/news/interviews/9113