Analysis

Is the West Selling Out on Syria?
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speak at a joint press conference in Moscow on May 7, 2013. Kerry and Lavrov agreed to push both the Syrian regime and Syrian rebels to find a political solution to the two-year-old Syrian civil war and to hold an international peace conference. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
May 17, 2013
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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The agreement between the United States and Russia to hold an international peace conference on Syria next month could very well undermine the Syrian opposition’s recent gains and set back the support that had been growing in Washington and Brussels for arming the rebels. As such, it has raised suspicions among some observers that the West is not leading on the issue of Syria: It is selling out.
With Russia committed to staving off pressure for regime change, the odds that the conference will produce a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria are slim. Instead, the fighting will likely continue until one side or the other gains a decisive advantage. 
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