The Hard Realities of Syria

By James P. Farwell and Rafal Rohozinski Politics is often thought of as a game of chess where pieces can be moved around to execute winning strategies. Applying that logic to the Syrian conflict is dangerous and misleading. Intervening in complex emergencies is at best a perilous exercise. Providing weapons often leads to unintended and unexpected consequences. The emerging picture is unsettling but policy-makers need to deal with the realities, not just their hopes. Here is what it shows...
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