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Open for Business: Syria’s Quest for a Political Deal

Rime Allaf has written a briefing paper for the Chatham House entitled, Open for Business: Syria’s Quest for a Political Deal. This paper “argues that the Syrian regime is ‘betting’ on a number of events happening or positions changing, confident that it need undertake no specific action in the meantime to continue strengthening its position. These ‘bets’ include: forthcoming regime change in several countries opposed to Syrian influence; continuing problems in getting the UN Tribunal into the assassination of Rafic Hariri started; a return to Syrian influence in Arab affairs to countenance the US-friendly policy of Egypt and Saudi Arabia; a US acceptance of the need for Syrian help in Iraq; the acceptance of Palestinian factions that they need the cooperation of Hamas; and continued popular support for the Syrian regime both internally and on the Arab street.

Read the paper – Open for Business: Syria’s Quest for a Political Deal (PDF) >>

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