Author: Dr. Can Erimtan is an independent scholar residing in İstanbul, with a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the Greater Middle East. He tweets at @theerimtanangle
Syria’s not-so civil war shows no immediate sign of abating, and now with elections coming up in early June, which are likely to strengthen Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power in Damascus, a solution to the conflict seems to have moved even further away.
While behind the scenes, this proxy-battleground in the yet undeclared New Cold War continues to receive necessary outside support to ensure its seemingly endless continuation, with each warring side predicting the opponent’s impending defeat.
Some time ago, US President Barrack Obama used his State of the Union speech to reaffirm his commitment to the cause of overthrowing the Assad government: “In Syria, we will support the opposition that rejects the agenda of terrorist networks,” Obama said.