Syria: What happened to diplomacy?

“The Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts thus far have largely
focused on winning Russian support to rebuke Assad, rather than finding a
lasting solution. …It has been clear for some time now, however, that Assad is neither so weak that he will lose, nor so strong that he can easily win. In short there
is a stalemate, which provides fertile ground for negotiations to
achieve a durable cease-fire. The failure of all sides to pursue talks
has now resulted in roughly 120,000 deaths with no other outcome except
an unsatisfactory stalemate.”

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About angelajoya

Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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