How the Caesar Bill Will Impact Those Investing in Syria's Assad
by Matthew RJ Brodsky
Sky News Arabia
December 17, 2019
The Senate approved a defense policy bill that includes provisions intended to hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime responsible for crimes against civilians through new punitive measures. Known as the Caesar Bill, it will make it nearly impossible for outside actors to come to Assad's rescue and try to do a financial or economic bailout of the regime.
Matthew RJ Brodsky joined Sky News Arabia to explain how the bill will kill the idea that anyone can go to Damascus and invest in reconstruction. Anyone who had plans to do so now has to contemplate U.S. sanctions in a way they might have been readier to risk before. So it sends a message to the regime that no one is coming to their rescue, and their only way out of the conflict is through the political process and political transition under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.