3. Sanctions repealed, economic engagement, humanitarian relief
To move forward, Syrians will need the international community to repeal crippling sanctions and pursue economic reengagement linked to democratic reforms. Humanitarian relief will be urgent across the most heavily war-affected cities and regions of Syria.
In a country of negative economic growth and high unemployment (-2 percent and 12.3 percent respectively), with a burgeoning youth bubble, jumpstarting the economy will be essential to providing an interim government with breathing room.