Syria sits at the crossroads of a region undergoing tremendous upheaval and fragile democratization. Transition in Syria after Bashar al-Assad will be impossible without constructive international support. While the future of Syria must be in the hands of its people, the end of the Assad era, however it comes, will require resetting the way in which the world engages with the country. From outsiders, Syria will need these five key things:
Syria will need international military support to seal off and ultimately depose of chemical weapons. It will also need help to integrate and adapt the armed forces under civilian command.
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