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Syria’s Economic Implosion – Foreign Policy.com

Inside Syria’s Economic Implosion

Under the weight of sanctions and eight months of protests, the Syrian economy is starting to buckle. But that doesn’t mean business leaders will abandon the regime.

BY STEPHEN STARR November 15, 2011

DAMASCUS, Syria – A Quran sits atop a 4-foot Sony speaker in Wissam’s modern Damascus office. It is 9 a.m., and Wissam, a stout 30-something businessman, seems flustered. He arrived a little late for this interview, wiping beads of sweat off his forehead before sitting down next to a cabinet, where books authored by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett peek out. Wissam’s company owns the import rights for Sony products in Syria, but he’s unlikely to sell many speakers or flat-screen televisions in the near future. Read on here.

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