Ok to Fail? Why Geneva II is still useful.

What are the chances that Geneva II will fail? Very high–but that is only on the prospect that you assume the negotiations are aimed at a peace deal. There may be other aims that can be carefully built into the process. As two Brookings experts note:

Yes, Geneva II will likely fail to produce a settlement to the Syrian conflict. But the United States should take steps to ensure it fails in a way that furthers peace. At the same time, the United States and Russia can improve the prospects for peace by establishing a round of negotiations among the regional sponsors of the warring Syrian parties.

Building on this helpful idea, Daniel Levy and Julien Barnes-Dacey explore how to make the most of Geneva II by “establishing a permanent contact group,” “prioritize[ing] humanitarian assistance,” and “legitimize[ing] intra-Syria negotiations.”

 

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