Riyad Hijab, former Prime Minister of Syria (until August 2012), debated in Berlin with high-ranking Representatives of various federal ministries and selected think-tanks. The discussion focused on measures to stop the violence in Syria as well as on perspectives for a peaceful transformation.
Hijab said it was doubtful whether current economic sanctions and political pressure would be sufficient to overthrow the Assad regime. Bashar Al-Assad and his inner circle would be willing to go to extremes to secure the survival of the regime. Assad might not even recoil from using chemical weapons.
Hijab warned of putting hope in an imminent collapse of the regime. If Russia and Iran were to continue their support of Assad, the regime could possibly survive for several years, he said.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.