Nakeema Stefflbauer, Mideast PhD in the mobile tech space
Thank you very much for taking questions, Mohamed. Many Syrians abroad suggest that the old Syrian geopolitical entity is gone, forever. Are diplomats and opposition groups really wrangling over who gets what part of the territorial pie? Or is there an official assumption that the country's previous borders will eventually be restored?
Political scientists, historians of the Levant and panarabists have written extensively in the past about the shortcomings of the Syrian state and borders since its birth. Currently, the erosion of even this state in Syria is a sad reality. This generated a lot of talks, theories and reports of new maps for Syria and the region. However, except for ISIL, I am not aware of any actor inside or outside Syria that is pursuing a change in the existing maps. There is a consensus among statesmen and diplomats in the region and outside that any settlement has to ensure the unity and territorial integrity of Syria. The cost of messing with the maps is proven to be big enough, and there is no clear interest for any party -for the time being- to pursue this type of policies. Continue reading...