Syria developments suggest Assad may go out quietly after all
The Syrian president still has a chance to achieve military gains before Russia and the West intervene with a political solution to the crisis. In any case, his staying power hasn't run its course.
One after another the forecasts have been shattered. Since the March 2011 demonstrations broke out in Syria in the run-up to the civil war countless scenarios have been envisioned for President Bashar Assad. Those who predicted that the Assad regime would hold out for only a few months, as in other countries during the Arab Spring, were proved wrong.