After more than eight years of civil war, internecine conflicts, and foreign invasions, it might seem pure optimism to think there will be a time when Syria is finally at peace. But here at The Star we are always optimists. Peace will come. The question is: What peace? And then what?
The Italian Institute for International Political Studies have put their minds to this problem and produced this book-length report, Rebuilding Syria: The Middle East’s Next Power Game? The six essays in the book aim to explore serious questions: answer a few crucial questions:
How can a country whose society has gone through such trauma and destruction reimagine itself and its future?
What conditions would allow those Syrians who were forced to leave their homes to return?
What are the regional and international dynamics and interests that will shape Syria’s future?
Particularly topical and illuminating to us are Valeria Talbot’s essay “Turkey in Syria: Roles, Interests and Challenges” and Bachar El-Halabi’s “Syria’s Reconstruction: Risks and Benefits for Lebanon and Jordan. Ms. Talbot’s piece explores the worst-case scenario of a Syrian partition and offers some insights on avoiding the worst. Mr. El-Halabi’s piece resonates even more these past weeks, over which Lebanon itself has found itself in the middle of a popular uprising.
Download PDF of Rebuilding Syria: The Middle East’s Next Power Game?from here.