The Future of the Syrian-Iranian Alliance
Al-Hayat / Bilal Y. Saab and Bruce O. Riedel

The Syrian-Iranian alliance, solid since the Iranian revolution in
1979, is not and has never been perfect. Its fault lines are
considerable - especially in post-Saddam Iraq and post-Syria Lebanon -
but the two nations' ability to withstand serious setbacks, make
periodic reviews of their relationship, and most importantly not
compromise on issues involving national security proved that the
Syrian-Iranian nexus is more than a marriage of convenience; it has
indeed become a mature and institutionalized alliance which is not
likely to be broken by virtual carrots and empty promises by Washington
and now Moscow.

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