What would a Syrian peace deal look like?

No decisive victory is possible for any side.

US State Department photo
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speak to reporters on Feb. 12 after a "cessation of hostilities" deal was reached in Munich.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 04/06/2016 12:00 am EDT

After the Syrian army recaptured the city of Palmyra from Islamic State a week ago, United States State Department spokesman John Kirby admitted that the liberation of the ancient city was a “good thing.” But he could not resist adding: “We're also mindful, of course, that the best hope for Syria and the Syrian people is not an expansion of [President] Bashar al-Assad's ability to tyrannize the Syrian people.”

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