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Deconstructing Syria: A new strategy for America’s most hopeless war

June 30, 2015, Michael E. O'Hanlon

While the Obama administration’s strategy for Iraq requires substantial upgrading in light of recent Islamic State successes, the plan for Syria is in much worse shape. Counterintuitively, at this stage, the only realistic path forward may be a plan that in effect deconstructs Syria. Michael O'Hanlon writes that a comprehensive, national-level solution is too hard even to specify at this stage, much less effect. Instead, the international community should work to create pockets with more viable security and governance within Syria over time.

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