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Struggling to build an alternative to Assad : structural flaws and lack of protection undermine Syria’s opposition government


Oweis, Khaled Yacoub

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract International powers backing the Syrian opposition are turning their attention to an Interim Government founded in November 2013. The February 2014 collapse of the Geneva peace talks, which were supposed to produce a political transition, and growing alarm over chaos in rebel areas and gains by hard-line Islamists, have prompted renewed efforts to help the opposition fill the vacuum left by the collapse of central authority in large parts of Syria. Yet, the new entity has had little impact on the ground. Nor does the sacking of its first prime minister after only months bode well for its independence. In addition, regime strikes, opposition infighting, and a fundamental lack of security will lead to failure unless the opposition is revamped and a military umbrella created to allow it to govern inside Syria. (author's abstract)
Keywords Syria; civil war; opposition; political leadership; transition; power struggle; political institution; failed state; political stability; funding; reconstruction; islamism; international aid
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords Umsturzbestrebungen/Umsturz; Übergangsregierung; National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces; Asad, Bassar al-; Politischer Islam; Militanter Islam
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series SWP Comments, 35/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications