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Settlement of the Syrian Conflict: Prospects for National Dialogue and International Cooperation. Rationale behind Russian Policies

Vitaly V. Naumkin

I believe that during the last months, we have been witnessing very serious changes inside Syria and around Syria. So, I will start with some truth inventory of the main developments that can help us to understand what is going on. The first issue that I would like to stress is that we are still witnessing a multilevel conflict in Syria. We have mainly three levels of conflictual relationships.

The first one is local. We have the Government of Syria and the front of loyalists which is a very big segment of the Syrian society supporting the current government. So, I do not know exactly how large is this segment, but the important thing is that there is such a big segment that believe that the current government is the best choice for Syria and much better than if some rebel or armed opposition groups comes to power.

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