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Now is not the time to talk of federalism in Syria

It could someday be decided that a decentralized or federal system is the best way to shape a legitimate and just Syrian state. However, premature discussion of these concepts which for so many are equivalent to partition or secession will only make regional and local actors less willing to consider new ways to distribute power in Syria, or to accept additional Syrian factions such as the PYD at the negotiating table.

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