Syria is predicted to have the best performing economy this year, thus highlighting the nation's slow road to recovery. After all, Jordan have been talking about resuming trade, the UAE have reopened their embassy in Damascus and Syria might be allowed to rejoin the Arab League. Refugees returning home and rebuilding general infrastructure will benefit the economy. However, the nation still has challenges ahead. For starters, the question of Idlib and Turkey is one that will continue to be a pressing issue, after all if Idlib were liberated, it would spell an end of the war, yet the Syrian military can not act due to Turkish pressure and a ceasefire agreement. The Kurds, while being more friendly towards Assad, might still come into conflict over autonomy, they have little in common politically except for a shared enemy. Finally, there are harsh sanctions on the country, so while Syria might be growing, it can't reach its maximum potential. To conclude, the economic future looks good, however it's still overshadowed by uncertainty and foreign powers who seek to take down Syria, so the nation and its allies will have to stay alert for any challenges ahead.
PICTURE SOURCE: The Economist
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