Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 08/2014

Zooming in on Syria: Adapting US Policy to Local Realities

Faysal Itani, Nathaniel Rosenblatt

March 2014

Atlantic Council


The key to ending the crisis in Syria is a better understanding of local players and power dynamics. By viewing the conflict through a local prism, the United States and its Western allies can help build a coherent, capable, and legitimate opposition, which is an essential ingredient for any political transition or even negotiations.