Nizar Mohamad is a freelance Middle East analyst based in Toronto, Canada, who specializes in Syrian politics and security. He has previously written for The New Arab and Mondoweiss, in addition to working on Canada’s Syrian refugee project.
Suleiman’s case is a microcosm: a glaring reminder that Syria under the Assads is a police state run by an assortment of gangsters and warlords who operate outside of the law.
Moscow shows tacit support for a status quo in which the Syrian regime can veto any constitutional proposals it deems unacceptable.
Though often thought of as ‘Assad loyalists,’ conversations with the Alawites reveal a reality fraught with anger and resentment. Is the Syrian president at risk of losing the community?
The public rebuke of Putin by the regime hardliners sends a stern signal to Moscow that even the thought of removing Assad will prompt fierce resistance from his diehard loyalists.
Assad can face a future where he has no card left to play.
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