Remembering Brian Slocock

17 APRIL 2024

We are very sad to learn of the passing of a valued contributor, Brian Slocock, who died this week after a long illness. A Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Paisley, Brian was a dedicated researcher who in retirement committed his energies over several years to human rights work on Syria, and his insights were greatly appreciated by a community of journalists and activists.

Brian’s work for Syria Notes included the following articles:

The funeral will take place at Chester Crematorium, Chester CH1 5BB, at 2pm on Tuesday 30th April. Brian asked for no flowers, but suggested donations to Médecins Sans Frontières in his name.

Syria Notes, Spring 2022


  • A Syrian hell under Western eyes [PDF]
    The Editors
  • Stories from Rukban Network
    Fatima Al-Asaad, Emad Ghaly, Muhammad Al-Omar, Maryam Al-Faisal
  • How Rukban came to be
    Sara Elizabeth Williams
  • The people of no man’s land
    Syria Notes talks to film-maker Daham Alasaad
  • ‘We’re watching people suffer’
    An interview with Robert Ford
  • The isolation of Area 55
    An interview with Joel Rayburn
  • ‘I should like to draw a line…’
    Syria Notes talks to historians James Barr and Elizabeth F Thompson

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