Hurdles, challenges, priorities and the painful lessons learned from Iraq – some would argue it is too early to talk about the economic reconstruction of Syria whilst the civil war still rages on.

However, journalist, Nehed Ismail believes an economic re- building plan should be in place and ready for implementation as soon as the conflict ends. Essential services must be restored and emergency programmes in place to help during the transitional period.

In the October 2013 edition of The Middle East Magazine we look at the mistakes made in Iraq, and the issues facing Syria in the future, once the gun battles are over.