A Nation Divided: The Balkanization of Syria

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Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Andrew Tabler, Ziad Majed
April 22, 2013
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A Nation Divided: The Balkanization of Syria
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On Wednesday, Syria's president said his forces have no option but to win the war, or to lose the country.

Speaking in an interview on local TV last week, Bashar al-Assad maintained that thousands of foreign fighters had crossed over from Jordan, and warned that the conflict was increasingly becoming a regional one.

He repeated the allegation that Western powers are directly and indirectly supporting elements of al-Qaeda in their desire to unseat him.

"I think that Syria, in these circumstances, is exposed to an attempted colonisation by all means. There's an attempt to invade Syria by foreign forces. These forces are using new techniques; it is an attempt to invade Syria culturally," he told interviewers on pro-regime Syrian television channel Al-Ikhbariya.

This week we focus on the possibility of a permanent or even temporary partition of Syria and whether this would lead to a drop in the level of the conflict.

Last week al-Assad extended yet another amnesty to all those who laid down their arms but within hours of the offer, several reports indicated a massive mobilisation of government forces and a series of offensives in strategic areas of the country.

The possible consequence, whether intended or not, is the creation of defined enclaves in which opposition forces are contained.

To discuss this on Inside Syria, with presenter Mike Hanna, are guests: Andrew Tabler; a senior fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Ziad Majed, an assistant professor of Middle East Studies at the American University of Paris and co-ordinator of the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy; and Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya; a Canadian sociologist who is also a research associate at the Centre for Research on Globalization in Montreal, specialising in geopolitical and strategic issues.

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