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 France in the life of Syria, and the commitment of France to inclusive nationalism for Syria.
25 prime actors participated in the following:
- Determining the rank of France according to the amount of its influence on life in Syria. As shown in the chart below, France ranked 20th most influential prime actor.
- Assessing and classifying France 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 France falls under the category of 'Following'. A prime actor assessed as Following is seen as willing to build a sovereign, stable, inclusive, and developing Syria, but only when it serves its own interests.
In response to the question, “How is France important in the life of Syria?”
Round 3 participants stated (Nov. 2016 - Jul. 2017):
"France is similar to the United States. France's military operations in Syria regarding the Islamic State increased after the Paris attacks.” (239312)
"They are the best country dealing with Syria, but they are not decision makers.” (230713)
"France is still important to Syria. Sykes-Picot is still important.” (233881)
"France couldn't even pass its resolution in the Security Council. It was important as a colonial occupier, but not so much anymore.” (238631)
Round 2 participants stated (Aug. 2016 - Oct. 2017):
“From the beginning they supported the revolution.” (221641)
“France is a very powerful country. They used to help the Syrian people a lot before the revolution. There are strong historical ties since the 1945 agreement. They are considering sending troops in Syria.” (223911)
“They made the Alawi. They are the power which brought them to the presidency.” (221211)
“Mrs. Mitterand is a friend of the Kurds. France supported Bashar al-Assad when he came to power, but they changed. They are against him now. They will be a part of helping Syria in the future.” (221641)
“The have political weight, and are a permanent member of the UN Security Council.” (223911)
“All the Christians in Syria love France.” (221211)
A Round 1 participant stated (Jan. 2016 - May 2016):
“France is close to Qatar, the Saudis, and Turkey. They are always in step with the United States.” (215261)