Syria's Crisis of Transition

History shows that an internationally led negotiation is the best way out of the civil war, but the situation isn't yet ripe for action.

Issue: Mar-Apr 2013

THE SYRIAN conundrum exemplifies the policy challenges that arise when regimes face political crises and violent transitions under opposition pressures. Syria is not the first such case nor will it be the last. So it may be useful to recall how similar past scenarios have unfolded—and sometimes been managed—in order to draw lessons for Syria and future crises.

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