– And how do you see the future, what would a post-Assad Syria look like?
It is difficult to predict. I think that Assad is determined that there won’t be a post-Assad Syria for quite some time to come, and I think he should be taken seriously in this regard. The rebels are brave and determined, but the regime is benefiting from a staunch international coalition standing behind him — including, most importantly, Iran and Russia.
As a result of Iranian support, Assad is also enjoying the support and cooperation of Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Maliki government in Iraq. This staunch international support is proving invaluable to the dictator, especially when compared with the partial and lukewarm support offered the rebellion by its supposed allies and by the West. Given the stalemate, I think that the most likely prospect ahead for Syria is one of civil war for some considerable time to come. Its eventual outcome cannot be predicted, as it will depend on future decisions, also by external actors, which have not yet been made.