Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Program on Human Rights Stanford University

A painted poster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad riddled with holes is seen in the city of Homs, Syria on Feb. 10, 2012
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February 9, 2012 - CDDRL, FSI Stanford, ARD Op-ed

How To Get Rid of Assad By Engaging Him

By Larry Diamond

In an article for The New Republic's online symposium 'What Should the United States Do About Syria,' Larry Diamond argues that multilateral engagement is the best approach to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. With violence escalating in Syria, Diamond argues for a dual-pronged strategy of intensive diplomacy and targeted sanctions to induce a negotiated exit for Assad. Diamond cautions that a military style intervention that was successful in Libya would prove a moral and political disaster for Syria.  

Topics: Diplomacy | Libya | Syria | United States