Genevieve Casagrande is a Syria Research Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War where she focuses on the Syrian opposition. She previously worked with The Carter Center as a Conflict Analyst with the Conflict Resolution Program’s Syria Conflict Mapping Project and the Syria Transition Options Initiative. While at ISW, Ms. Casagrande has spearheaded ISW’s Russian airstrikes in Syria maps which have appeared in many major publications across the globe. Genevieve has also contributed to such publications as “The YPG Campaign for Tel Abyad and Northern ar-Raqqa Province”, “ISIS Captures Ramadi”, and “Syrian Armed Opposition Powerbrokers.” Ms. Casagrande has appeared in The Daily Beast, Voice of America, Fox News, and The Washington Post.
Ms. Casagrande received her B.A. from the University of Florida with a major in Linguistics and minors in both Business Administration and Arabic Language and Literature. She also received a Middle Eastern Studies Certificate from the American University in Dubai as a Clinton Scholar and is proficient in Arabic.
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Ms. Casagrande has managed and directed the production of nearly 40 maps on Russian airstrikes in Syria since they first began on September 30, 2015. Her maps quickly became the media’s trusted source for the locations of Russian airstrikes and appeared around the world in major media outlets in print, broadcast, and online. These maps helped show the world that Russia’s claims of striking “terrorists” were clearly not accurate as they repeatedly attacked mainstream opposition groups, particularly those working with the West. When intentionally false maps were produced by the Russian Ministry of Defense to show where they claimed strikes were occurring – and that they were striking ISIS – Ms. Casagrande’s maps and her analysis showed these claims to be untrue. Her work tracking Russian strikes continues today even after the “cessation of hostilities” and the announced Russian withdrawal from Syria, that is not, in fact, a withdrawal in reality. Russia airstrikes continue despite the “cessation” and “withdrawal.”