Ninety-six (96) local, regional, and international organizations and entities (prime actors) were identified by their peers as influential in the life of Syria. In the chart below, the left column ranks the prime actors from most influential in shaping the life in Syria (Russia) to the least influential (Relief International).
The chart also shows the classification of prime actors into five stances indicating the actor's support and contribution to inclusive nationalism for Syria, starting from the most committed (Core) to the least committed (Saboteur).
Amount of influence of the Assad Regime in the life of Syria, and its commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria.
25 prime actors participated in the following:
- Determining the rank of the Assad Regime according to the amount of its influence on life in Syria. As shown in the chart below, the Assad Regime ranked 12th most influential prime actor.
- Assessing and classifying the Assad Regime according to its commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria (also indicated in the same row by the colored rectangle). Of the 25 prime actors who participated in the assessments, more agreed that the Assad Regime falls under the category of 'Saboteur'. A prime actor assessed as Saboteur is seen as working against a sovereign, stable, inclusive, and developing Syria.
In response to the question, “How is the Assad Regime important in the life of Syria?”
Round 3 participants stated (Nov. 2016 - Jul. 2017):
"In their view they need to stay in power to strengthen the country. They are still in power.” (234791)
"They are a major perpetrator of war crimes, with the strongest military on the ground.” (236591)
"Formally they are the recognized government of Syria, though it is debated. They are the single largest party to the conflict.” (233121)
"The Assad Regime is criminal. They made Syria the way it is now. Iran and Russia make all the decisions now.” (230713)
"They possess the strongest and most committed allies to the conflict. They still control the state. They have the strongest command-and-control structure.” (233911)
"The world recognizes the regime. If Assad leaves the regime may remain and actually strengthen.” (233881)
"They're not important.” (231211)
Round 2 participants stated (Aug. 2016 - Oct. 2017):
"They have a minimal effect." (220291)