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Amid a Crippling Economy and U.S. Sanctions, the Syrian Regime May Be On the Brink of Collapse

Amid a Crippling Economy and U.S. Sanctions, the Syrian Regime May Be On the Brink of Collapse

Syria’s Bashar Assad has been counted out before. There were times during his country’s civil war, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and pushed more than 12 million more from their homes, when it seemed the only way forward for all the major parties involved would be for...

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No sweet victory for Assad as economy collapses and US sanctions hit

No sweet victory for Assad as economy collapses and US sanctions hit

Just last year, President Bashar al-Assad seemed on the brink of crowning military victories by easing his diplomatic isolation and recovering more of Syria without a bullet being fired. Not only had US-allied Kurds invited government forces back to the northeast, but businessmen from the...

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To protect and punish: Can Caesar Act sanctions avoid harming Syrians, too?

To protect and punish: Can Caesar Act sanctions avoid harming Syrians, too?

The Caesar Civilian Protection Act comes into force this Wednesday 17 June, bringing an outlook for Bashar al-Assad's regime that hasn't appeared so bleak since the rapid rebel gains of 2015.  The Caesar Act was passed by the US Senate in 2019, with the stated goal of more targeted and...

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What do new US sanctions mean for Syria?

What do new US sanctions mean for Syria?

The toughest US sanctions yet on Syria take effect this week, increasing the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad as he grapples with a deepening economic crisis after a decade of war. Washington says sanctions will help hold Assad and his backers to account for war crimes in a conflict...

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