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Five things international community must give Syria after Bashar al-Assad

Transition in Syria after Bashar al-Assad will be impossible without constructive international support. From outsiders, Syria will need these five key things:

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3. Sanctions repealed, economic engagement, humanitarian relief

To move forward, Syrians will need the international community to repeal crippling sanctions and pursue economic reengagement linked to democratic reforms. Humanitarian relief will be urgent across the most heavily war-affected cities and regions of Syria.

In a country of negative economic growth and high unemployment (-2 percent and 12.3 percent respectively), with a burgeoning youth bubble, jumpstarting the economy will be essential to providing an interim government with breathing room.

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