The Problem of Ruling Syria Today

Given recent developments in Aleppo, Syria’s president Bashar Assad looks more likely than ever to officially win the civil war that has been ripping the country apart for five years. That victory, however, might be in name only, as even a Russia and Iran backed victory in Syria is unlikely to make the country governable. This is particularly problematic when the scale of destruction, to the population, the infrastructure, and to agriculture are all taken into account, as well as the likely low-level insurgencies that would remain. A regime victory may be likelier now, but may also be Pyrrhic.



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