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The High Road to Damascus: Engage Syria's Private Sector

Andrew Tabler
Policy Analysis Brief
August 2007

Due to a variety of economic and political forces, the Syrian state is releasing controls on the Syrian economy. This opens a new arena for American influence in Syria. For the first time in more than 40 years, through its business sector, the United States can affect the lives of everyday Syrians by engaging these new forces and capitalizing on the entrepreneurial qualities inherent in Syrian culture.

A new policy analysis brief from the Stanley Foundation offers how the United States may begin to engage Syria by emphasizing private sector development as an area of common interest. To do so, the United States needs to revisit certain policies that have had the ultimate effect of turning Syria toward other suppliers and investors, including the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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