The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate and finding a solution to end the bloodshed is now more urgent than ever. In a new ECFR policy memo Julien Barnes-Dacey proposes a political strategy that gives Moscow the lead role in formulating a ceasefire and accedes to its demand that negotiations with the regime should not be preconditioned on Assad’s demise. In an op-ed Julien also explains why talks with Assad and the Syrian regime may be the only way forward.
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