November 06, 2014

How This Ends: A Blueprint for De-Escalation in Syria

By Dafna Rand and Nicholas Heras

Deputy Director of Studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna H. Rand and Research Associate Nicholas Heras argue for the importance of focusing on a political framework for de-escalating the civil conflict in Syria. It offers a number of principles and practical steps that would build on U.S. train and assist efforts with the moderate Syrian opposition fighters, in an effort to integrate a political strategy for Syria’s future into current U.S. and Coalition military efforts.

This brief is part of a series of CNAS publications addressing the difficult policy issues posed by the Syrian crisis. The first report in the series, The Tourniquet: A Strategy for Defeating the Islamic State and Defeating Iraq and Syria.

  • Dafna Rand

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...

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