Syria: The most costly revolution of the Arab Spring?

rana_kabbaniThe 42-year Assad rule in Syria has sparked huge opposition within the country and mounting pressure from the international community to reform or step down. On the first anniversary of Syria’s Revolution, will change come to Syria without civil war? What are the prospects for the creation of a democratic political system there?

The Syrian writer and broadcaster Rana Kabbani has written on Syria for the Guardian; is the author of ‘Imperial Fictions’ and ‘Letter to Christendom’, and has been a BBC contributor for more than two decades. She will be looking at the current situation in Syria in the context of the wider Arab spring and the internal problems and geopolitical issues that will face the country when the revolution is successful.