United States (US)
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 United States in the life of Syria, and the commitment of the US to inclusive nationalism for Syria.
25 prime actors participated in the following:
- Determining the rank of the United States according to the amount of its influence on life in Syria. As shown in the chart below, the US ranked 3rd most influential prime actor.
- Assessing and classifying US 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 US falls under the category of 'Follower'. A prime actor assessed as Follower 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 the United States important in the life of Syria?”
Round 3 participants stated (Nov. 2016 - Jul. 2017):
"Their Syria policy is unclear through both the Obama and Trump administrations. The US is very concerned and wants to restrain Assad. It has the most powerful military in the world. It is concerned with global terrorism and refugees. It would like Assad to go.” (239312)
"The US is fighting directly with IS. Any action they do has a massive impact. The April 2017 bombing of the Syria airfield redirected Western attention against Assad.” (236592)
"Both in terms of support or lack of support the United States actions will have consequences on what happens in Syria. It has the ability to bring people to the negotiating table.” (233121)
"Their non-intervention shapes the country. The United States was not as great an influence in the war because of its non-involvement.” (235781)
"They are trying to impose their will on Syria and in direct opposition to Russia. They support the opposition. The US condemns the way the war has been fought.” (233531)
"We hope they will stand by the revolution. We used to like jeans and Western movies because they are American. We were surprised by the role they have taken in this. They could have resolved this a long time ago. They could have unseated Assad since he lost his legitimacy a long time ago. They only seem to be concerned with ISIL, who killed a few thousand, rather than Assad, who killed millions.” (230713)
"The US is the largest donor for Syrian humanitarian response. The US supports a significant number of armed groups. They have a vested political interest in opposing Russian expansion. They are the leader of the International Coalition Against ISIL.” (233911)
"Most Syrians love them.” (231211)
"They are not intervening right now.” (238631)
"The US is a member of P5, and has the ability to mediate. The US is one of the most powerful nations in the world if it chooses to act.” (234281)