What’s next for US Syria policy as Assad consolidates power?

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Giorgio Cafiero

“President Bashar al-Assad winning last month’s ‘puppet show’ election with 95 percent of the vote surprised no one with any basic understanding of how Syria’s regime functions. But it serves an important purpose for Assad’s government in Damascus: he wants to convey that he is not only popular, but that his regime has emerged victorious from the Syrian civil war and a new, post-conflict era is just beginning. … Although this election may help the Damascus regime’s standing in the wider Arab world, it will do nothing to legitimize Assad with western governments.” (06/08/21)