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 Syrian Government 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 Syrian Government according to the amount of its influence on life in Syria. As shown in the chart below, the Syrian Government ranked 23rd most influential prime actor.
- Assessing and classifying the Syrian Government 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 Syrian Government 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 Syrian government important in the life of Syria?”
Round 3 participants stated (Nov. 2016 - Jul. 2017):
"Assad leads a patrimonial regime of Alawites, Shi'a, Christians, with a remnant of Ba'athist Arab Nationalism. The internal security force is still functioning.” (239312)
"The government is controlled by Russia.” (230784)
"The government is killing the people of Syria.” (231211)
"The government has the network and know-how. A lot of people trust them more than the radical groups.” (238631)
Round 2 participants stated (Aug. 2016 - Oct. 2017):
“They are using their influence to control and contain minorities as if they were their only protector. Their influence is increasing because of extremists. They want a strong, united country. Any political solution requires negotiation with them.” (221641)
“They have a lot of experts and experience. They have not let the government services fall apart. They want a strong, democratic state, are against terrorism, and the majority do not support Assad. The Round 1 answers were not deep in understanding. The opposition has no problem with the government. The Syrian government is still paying salaries in the regions where they have access. Protecting government services is a big plus for the government. The Iranians are trying to change the demographics around Damascus.” (223881)
“They control everything.” (221951)
“They are killing the people of Syria.” (221211)
Round 1 participants stated (Jan. 2016 - May 2016):
“The government controls 14% of land and population. It is preparing for disintegration of Syria. The government is only in power with Iranian and Russian support.” (214281)
“The government is still paying for government services in occupied area. The opposition is not taking similar responsibility.” (217701)