Zooming in on Syria: Adapting US Policy to Local Realities

Author
Faysal Itani, Nathaniel Rosenblatt
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Atlantic Council
Abstract
As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, US policy has consistently failed to achieve its stated object: a negotiated political transition based on the mutual consent of the regime and opposition. The United States and its Western allies have focused on summits and high-level diplomacy as the most effective means to that laudable end. This approach ignores an essential missing ingredient: an opposition able to coordinate different anti-regime forces, exercise agency on their behalf, and provide decent local governance, without which Syrians will continue to suffer and fight irrespective of whether the regime is overthrown.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Bilateral Relations
Political Geography
United States, Middle East, Syria, North America