August 27, 2018
Since the very beginning of the Syrian conflict there have been three stumbling blocks before a political settlement:
- Breaking the deadlock over President Assad’s future;
- Persuading the external/regional backers of Damascus and the opposition to give their support not only in words but also in deeds to a Syrian-owned political transition; and,
- Securing a broad-based agreement on who is a “terrorist” and who is a “moderate”.