WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President Barack Obama must take needed steps to prevent the next US president from inheriting an out of control crisis in Syria, Syrian American Council Government Relations Director Mohammed Alaa Ghanem told Sputnik.
"I would like them [the Obama administration] to make a decision, ideally, that this is not a situation that Mr. Obama should bequeath to his successor," Ghanem said on Monday.
However, Ghanem added "I am not sure the administration is there."
In his final nine months in office, Obama should establish a "real commitment to ending the conflict" in Syria, including providing additional support to the Syrian opposition, and further diplomatic efforts Ghanem says are "lacking."
During an event hosted by the Arab Center Washington, DC on Monday, Ghanem argued that for the remainder of his term, Obama will likely focus on "reducing violence" through temporary ceasefires.
Ghanem, who works with both US policymakers and Syrian opposition networks, characterized Obama administration officials he has spoken to as having "low expectations on the political track," namely, a political resolution and transition in Syria.
According to the United Nations, the ongoing five-year civil war in Syria has resulted in the death of more than a quarter million Syrians with more than ten million who are internally displaced or have fled the country as refugees.