Ten months of protests and a violent crackdown have taken a severe toll on the Syrian economy. Its currency is weakening, the recession is deepening and the government is so short of cash that it has been forced to levy a special tax on state workers. Is Syria facing a severe economic decline? And are Syrians finding ways around the sanctions and their country’s economic problems?
Guests: Samir Seifan, a Syrian economist who used to be an advisor to the Syrian government but who now lives in exile; Ammar Waqqaf, a member of the Syrian Social Club, which is a group of UK-based Syrians supporting government-led reform of their country; and Mona Yacoubian, a senior advisor at the think tank The Stimson Center, where she directs its new project ‘Pathways to Progress: Peace, Prosperity, and Change in the Middle East’.
Al Jazeera, Qatar