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Free Syrian Army
Is Syria ready for peace? [Commentary]
Is Syria ready for peace? [Commentary]

With mounting casualties estimated at over 100,000, millions more displaced internally and abroad, rampant and egregious human rights violations — including horrific chemical weapons attacks on civilians — bringing peace to Syria is an urgent security and humanitarian concern. However, past efforts to secure a negotiated settlement to the Syrian conflict have been unsuccessful, and a new round of Geneva talks is scheduled to begin next week. Based on original survey data from rebel-controlled territory in Syria, we find that civilians are war-weary and looking for a settlement to end the war, but rebel fighters appear entrenched in the belief that Syrian President Bashar...