I’ve got a good interview in the pipeline which will go live tomorrow. In the meantime, here are some links to a few worthwhile bits of analysis on Syria.
Advice for the UN from a retired diplomat in Damascus, and for President al-Assad from David Lesch: Joshua Landis publishes two very interesting essays today; I recommend you read them both. The first is by an anonymous former diplomat living in Damascus, who assesses the state of the current revolt in Syria. The second is by David Lesch, an American academic who has had the most direct access to Bashar al-Assad of any other Western scholar. Lesch lays out Bashar’s options.
Sectarianism and the Syrian Uprising: A good piece by my buddy Sean, over at The Human Province.
A Regional Response to Syria: Marc Lynch (aka Abu Aardvark) explains America’s options for dealing with Syria.
From Syria With Doubt (click here for part two): As`ad AbuKhalil (aka the Angry Arab) publishes an interesting minority report from a Lebanese leftist friend of his, which comments on the sectarian backlash that will emerge in the wake of any successful revolution in Syria. The response by As`ad’s Syrian readers to this missive was apparently extremely negative. He cites two reactions (here and here).
The Black Swan of Cairo: Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Mark Blyth apply black swan theory to the Arab revolutions. (You’ll need to be a Foreign Affairs subscriber to read the whole thing, but a summary is available on the website).