Saved by the Diaspora

Published in: Project Syndicate, Online Commentaries, May 22, 2013

Posted on RAND.org on May 01, 2013

by Wasif Syed, Wasif Syed

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According to the Syria's Ministry of Expatriates, more than 18 million Syrians – including Sunni, Christian, and Alawite professionals and business leaders – live abroad, largely in North and South America and Europe. It is time that Syria's sizable émigré community used its considerable means and influence to help shape Syria's future. By taking a more active role, the diaspora can help to end the conflict at home – and to rebuild in its wake.

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