As the Syrian civil war enters into its 34th month, the chances for a peaceful solution are slimmer than a couple of months ago. The latest change in the structure of the opposition, as well as the shift in the power balance between various groups, dramatically alters the nature of the civil war. At the same time, the West has become aware that eventual victory of the empowered New Islamic Front will not bring democracy in post-Assad Syria.
Geneva II is scheduled for Jan. 22nd and over 30 countries have already confirmed their presence. Having been delayed for long enough, the peace talks will not be canceled. The success should give directions towards a political solution by providing the structure for a transitional government and directives on who should be included in that governmental body. Failed negotiations would be a major setback for the peace process and leave no room for hopes of an end to the Syrian civil war in the immediate future.
The composition of the Syrian opposition negotiating team is vital for the success of the January peace talks on SyriaDr. Theodore Karasik