Andrew Tabler provides an in-depth report analyzing the influence of specific Arab tribes around Raqqa and how they will be integral to rebuilding society after Raqqa is liberated from the Islamic State. He also details certain tribal cleavages and uneasy tribal relationships with the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG. A must read for those interested in the battle for Raqqa and Syria’s underlying social forces.

Find the full report here: Washington Institute for Near East Policy