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Jun 16, 2024

Pedersen's Three Failures

In this excellent issue from Syria in Transition, Malek al-Abdeh and Lars Hauch argue that Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria, has made three main mistakes:


• Failure with the Constitutional Committee: Pedersen did not halt the process when regime representatives acted in bad faith leading to a loss of momentum and control, especially after relying on Russia for facilitation.


• Ineffectiveness of the step-for-step process: His approach of trading Western concessions for minor regime changes failed due to Assad's non-engagement and over-reliance on Russian support.


• Missed humanitarian opportunities: Pedersen did not engage sufficiently with humanitarian efforts, notably during the 2023 earthquake response and early recovery, losing potential leverage to assert political leadership.


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https://static1.squarespace.com/static/65088f27c8953c168915a7cd/t/666eece00f8b39775012561c/1718545632555/SiT+Issue+13+June+2024.pdf

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