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Cover of Endgame in Syria report. Cover photo: A Syrian national flag with the picture of the President Bashar al-Assad hangs at an army checkpoint in the town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus, July 15, 2018 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).

What Is the Endgame in Syria?

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

After more than seven years of civil war that gutted Syria, the endgame is here. But there are more questions than ever. Download your FREE copy of What Is the Endgame in Syria? to learn more today.

What does victory on President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal terms look like? How has the rise and fall of the Islamic State changed Syria’s political map? How will U.S. President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria and the subsequent Turkish invasion of the area change the situation?And what about reconstruction, let alone reconciliation? This WPR report provides a comprehensive look at those questions and several others that will determine what’s to come in Syria, with impacts far beyond the Middle East.

Download What is the Endgame in Syria? today to take a deeper look at these conflicts and get a glimpse at what the future may hold.

In this report, you will learn about a variety of issues, including:

  • What a post-ISIS order in Syria might look like.
  • How the country will recover from the war.
  • Whether there will be justice in Assad's "Victorious Syria."
  • How the wider Jihadi movement could take over where the Islamic State left off.
  • How Trump's Syria exit hurts the chances of brokering an end to the war.

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Take a deeper look at what happens now that Assad has managed to hold on in our report, What Is the Endgame in Syria?

In this report, you’ll gain immediate access to in-depth analysis of the situation now that all major frontlines have been frozen by foreign intervention and military action now hinges on externally brokered political deals.

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The Shape of Syria to Come

After seven years of war in Syria, the endgame is here. All major frontlines have been frozen by foreign intervention, and military action now hinges on externally brokered political deals. The result could be a de facto division of the country.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Russian-backed forces spent the past two years taking out isolated rebel strongholds, like Eastern Aleppo and Ghouta, and recaptured the area along the border with Jordan andterritory near the Golan Heights—but at that point, they ran out of low-hanging fruit.

The sight of Russian diplomats shuttling between Israelis, Syrians, Iranians and Americans to ease Assad’s return to the 1967 cease-fire line in the Golan was a sign of things to come. Israel finally relented, accepting a Russian-monitoredrestoration of the pre-2011 status quo, but it’s not clear things will be as easy in the rest of Syria.

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Talk of the Endgame in Syria Dodges the Question of Recovery

When you download What Is the Endgame in Syria? you'll learn how half of the children in Syria today have grown up only knowing war. “Every 8-year-old in Syria has been growing up amidst danger, destruction and death,” Henrietta Fore, the executive director of UNICEF, said after a five-day visit to the country. Since the government first crushed a popular uprising and precipitated the civil war that still shows little sign of ending, a third of the schools in Syria have been destroyed or damaged, or they have been turned into shelters for displaced families.

It is details like this that are lost in most headlines about Syria, especially those generated by President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement to withdraw American forces, which are filling the void in a third of the country. This harsh but hardly new reality is happening in a part of the world which is right on Europe's border. Learn more when you download What Is the Endgame in Syria?

Download this free report and get uncompromising analysis to help you better understand the endgame in Syria.

Take a deeper look at what happens now that Assad has managed to hold on in our report, What Is the Endgame in Syria?

In this report, you’ll gain immediate access to in-depth analysis of the situation now that all major frontlines have been frozen by foreign intervention and military action now hinges on externally brokered political deals.

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Download this free report and get uncompromising analysis to help you better understand the endgame in Syria.

Take a deeper look at what happens now that Assad has managed to hold on in our report, What Is the Endgame in Syria?

In this report, you’ll gain immediate access to in-depth analysis of the situation now that all major frontlines have been frozen by foreign intervention and military action now hinges on externally brokered political deals.

With your link to download a copy of What Is the Endgame in Syria? you’ll also gain FREE registration to the WPR newsletter, delivering uncompromising news and analysis directly to your inbox. Your FREE registration includes access to select articles, early announcements, and periodic discounts on our full-service subscription.


Did Trump's Syria exit destroy any chance at peace?

After eight years of chaos, it is hard to know which moment in the history of Syria’s brutal civil war-turned-proxy-conflict will ultimately stand out as the most egregious. There can be little doubt, though, that President Donald Trump’s sudden decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and abandon America’s Kurdish allies in the militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces—their most reliable partners on the ground in the campaign against the Islamic State—will rank as one of the most spectacular failures in the history of American foreign policy, writes WPR contributor Candace Rondeaux in this report.

TheWhite House’s turnabout by tweet in Syrianot only shredded the last bit of America’s credibility as a trustworthy ally and security guarantor in Middle East, says Rondeaux, it has also effectively destroyed the already slim chances of brokering an end to the war and some kind of sustainable peace, possibly for years to come. With fewer American boots on the ground and relations with Syrian Kurdish leaders fractured, the U.S. has little room now to influence outcomes in Syria. What started as a policy of equivocation about the indispensability of American leadership in the Middle East under the Obama administration in 2012 is now, seven years later under Trump, a policy of American capitulation to Russian aggression and appeasement of Turkey’s worst authoritarian impulses.Learn more when you download What Is the Endgame in Syria? for FREE today.

Download this free report and get uncompromising analysis to help you better understand the endgame in Syria.

Take a deeper look at what happens now that Assad has managed to hold on in our report, What Is the Endgame in Syria?

In this report, you’ll gain immediate access to in-depth analysis of the situation now that all major frontlines have been frozen by foreign intervention and military action now hinges on externally brokered political deals.

With your link to download a copy of What Is the Endgame in Syria? you’ll also gain FREE registration to the WPR newsletter, delivering uncompromising news and analysis directly to your inbox. Your FREE registration includes access to select articles, early announcements, and periodic discounts on our full-service subscription.

Editor's Note: This report was originally published in February 2019 and is regularly updated.