Look beyond power-sharing to start building peace in Syria

Think tank: The Foreign Policy Centre

Author(s): Bilal Sukkar

June 18, 2021

This briefing by the Foreign Policy Centre looks at a way to address the continuing conflict in Syria.

Ten years on since Syrians rose up against the oppressive Assad regime, a resolution to the devastating conflict that followed does not seem near. The US and the EU continue to back the UN-led political process bringing about a power-sharing settlement as the primary way out of the crisis. This approach has not worked to date; and even if it should bear fruit, it carries dangerous implications. A new way forward is needed to break the deadlock and address the urgent humanitarian, economic and security crises being intensified by the conflict’s continuation.