The US is promoting a reinvigorated opposition in Syria in an attempt to form a single coalition, and one that might take part in peace talks. A conference is being held in Qatar and there is a proposal in place to create a proto-parliament.
The BBC's Jeremy Bowen argues that there has been a "failure to show Allawites... and other minorities like Christians they might have a future in a post-Assad Syria."
But th director of the Arab Reform Initiative and former member of the Syrian National Council Bassma Kodmani told the Today programme that a single opposition in Syria would have "a multi-layered strategy" and would be more likely to assure minorities.
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