Residents run from a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Aleppo's Bustan Al-Qasr neighbourhood October 20, 2013.
Syria’s Impasse Likely to Last Years
October 23, 2013,
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Salman Shaikh highlights the importance of a national dialogue in Syria, emphasizing that it must be done in a more structured way and with additional regional and international support, in particular from the Russians, moderate Arab states, the United States, and Europe. Shaikh adds that the chemical weapons crisis is only encouraging the Assad regime to become more intransigent.