In the spotlight
April 2014, Michael Robbins
A recent analysis of three public opinion surveys conducted as part of the Arab Barometer from 2006 to 2013 reveals that only a minority of citizens have positive evaluations of the government or the state of democracy in their country.
Amnesty is necessary to end a conflict. Syria will not break this norm. Experience of successful transitions elsewhere shows that it is possible to develop an amnesty program as part of a process for achieving peace without sacrificing accountability.