A five-member panel of experts
discussing the crisis in Syria on Friday presented a pessimistic assessment of
the future of the conflict, which one member said will be “enduring”
and two predicting that only a political solution will end it.
“A diplomatic approach will ultimately have to be the solution,” said
Mona Yacoubian, a senior adviser on the Middle East at the Stimson Center.
The conflict has become a “regional spillover,” and “Iran has
the power to play a real spoiler,” she said.
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