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What Drove Syria Back into the Arab Fold?

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submitted on 2024-02-20, 11:35 and posted on 2024-02-20, 11:35 authored by Saban Kardas, Bulent Aras

After more than a decade of brutal civil war, which is still not resolved and has left Syria divided in thirds, regional states welcomed President Bashar al‐Assad back into the fold in May 2023. The Arab League's decision to reinstate Damascus's membership was the culmination of a slow and fitful process that accelerated when Saudi Arabia took the lead. Still, it is too soon to know whether and how Syrian normalization will evolve beyond its Arab core, especially due to the West's continued sanctions regime. This article analyzes how the evolution of the Syrian crisis, the changing calculus of Arab powers, and American inaction have contributed to Assad's rehabilitation. In conclusion, we consider four areas that will determine the next phase of the normalization process.

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Published in: Middle East Policy
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
See article on publisher's website: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mepo.12704

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Open Access funding provided by the Qatar National Library.

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  • English

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Wiley

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  • 2023

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  • Qatar University
  • Gulf Studies Center - CAS

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