- Lina Khatib: The regime and Russia appear to be seeking to end the conflict through military means
- Ceasefires in Syria must not be taken at face value,she writes
Lina Khatib is head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. The opinions in this article belong to the author
(CNN)The ceasefire declared in Syria at the end of 2016 has already practically collapsed. This is not surprising. No ceasefire in Syria has so far managed to hold long enough to pave the way for meaningful peace talks. This is not because the Syrian opposition hasn't taken ceasefires seriously, but because the regime of Bashar al-Assad and its allies have re-defined ceasefires.