World view on Syrian President: Should he stay or should he go?

Sep 22, 2015, 10:10 AM

East and West have had a markedly different attitude towards the rule of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad since the 2011 protests that sparked a bloody, regionally destabilising war in the country.

The shockwaves caused by barrel bombs, the propeganda savvy militants of ISIL, or Daesh, the desparate people forced to flee the violence of their homeland to push hard on the borders of Europe had, until recent months, not sparked the international community into a coherent response.

The Refugee Crisis and associated press coverage has changed the picture. Is the view now for the West to dialogue with President Putin of Russia and perhaps not insist on the removal of President Assad as a necessary component of any solution? Regional analyst Dr Harry Hagopian doesn't see this as a long-term solution. #Syria #Assad #SyriaCrisis #SyrianRefugees