Small Business. A woman sells shampoo on a Damascus street. Escaping isolation is a key to reviving Syria’s slumping economy.
Small Business. A woman sells shampoo on a Damascus street. Escaping isolation is a key to reviving Syria’s slumping economy.
(Alexandra Boulat/VII Photo Agency)
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Middle East
US Must Get Smart on Engaging Syria
Helping Syria attract foreign investments, integrate into the global economy, do business with America will further reforms

Today Syria is held out as Iran’s “Airstrip One” in the Arab World—an Orwellian island Tehran uses to project its power to Israel’s borders and the shores of the Mediterranean. Indeed, Iranian-Syrian relations seem closer than ever—including a newly signed military cooperation agreement. Ties between Damascus and Tehran deepened over the last two years in the face of US and Western isolation, helping their support for militant groups Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad crystallize into an “Axis of Resistance” against Israel and the United States.But...

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