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Syria’s Shattered Future

Sept. 7, 2017 The U.S. and Russia both have hopes for Syria’s future. They’re both likely to be disappointed.

Editor's Note: This Deep Dive was adapted from a piece originally produced for the Valdai Discussion Club, an institute devoted to analyzing Russia's place in the world. The full version can be accessed here.


It’s useful to look at the past to predict the future. Little that happens in the world is truly new, and lessons can be learned from the way things transpired before. So, in trying to picture Syria’s future, observing the events that shaped present-day Lebanon is a useful exercise. Lebanon is much smaller than Syria, and...

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