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 Southern Front in the life of Syria, and their commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria.
25 prime actors participated in the following:
- Determining the rank of the Southern Front according to the amount of their influence on life in Syria. As shown in the chart below, the Southern Front ranked 31st most influential prime actor.
- Assessing and classifying the Southern Front according to their 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 Southern Front falls under the category of 'Builder & Solver'. A prime actor assessed as Builder & Solver is seen as wholly committed to inclusive nationalism for Syria. This is their mission.
In response to the question, “How is the Southern Front important in the life of Syria?”
Round 2 participants stated (Aug. 2016 - Oct. 2017):
“The revolution started with the Southern Front. They are supported by US, Saudi, and Jordanian governments. Israel allows support for the Southern Front. They are moderate.” (221641)
“They had an active role in the beginning, but backed off, especially in Dera. Dera is not the epicenter of the origin of the revolution. Dera has always supported the regime. The revolution was really started in Homs. 10% of Dera still support the revolution. The Southern Front now exists in name only.” (220291)
“There are very few Islamists in the Southern Front. They are close to Damascus.” (223881)
“The majority of its members are local people.” (221641)
“Their importance is their arms. They are the largest fighting group in the south of Syria, and they are seen as legitimate by the people in the areas they control.” (223911)
“They are centered not far from the capital. They coordinate a lot of groups, altogether about 20K fighters. They are not north of Damascus, but they are the strongest moderate force in the south, stronger than any radical group in the area.” (221951)
Round 1 participants stated (Jan. 2016 - May 2016):
“They are supported by United States, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They are an arm of Arhar al-Sham in the south.” (215261)