Syria's Assad is the primary obstacle to peace in Syria. The U.S. has for too long, and with little basis, expected Russia to compel Assad to accept a genuine diplomatic process to end the war. Given Russia's intent, it is time for the U.S. to widen its aperture for what diplomacy in Syria can and should achieve.
The Assad regime's ongoing attacks on Syrians reflect the failure of the current diplomatic process for ending the war in Syria. In a new ISW report, Jennifer Cafarella examines Russia's role in this failure and the requirement for the U.S. to reexamine its own approach to diplomacy.