“The one thing the regime never wants is a confrontation with the United States. All the other things are worth risking and up for grabs, but that they avoid,” Faysal Itani said in an interview with Syria Deeply.
“The war offered the regime a means of navigating a transition from a prewar order to a new one. By annihilating the environment in which its opponents could operate, the war left the regime with no counterpart with whom it needed to negotiate,” Kheder Khaddour writes for the Carnegie Middle East Center.
“In 2015 and 2016, the Russians still entertained the thought of jointly developing and implementing a diplomatic solution with the Americans. But today, thanks to waning interest in and a lack of engagement from Washington, Moscow has teamed up with the Turks and the Iranians instead,” Dmitri Trenin writes for Foreign Affairs.