A report released last week, prepared by the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) and commissioned by UNRWA and UNDP, indicates that the Syrian economy has sustained losses of $143.8bn between the start of that country’s civil war in 2011 and the end of 2013.

These losses are up $41bn from the organization’s previous estimate, made at the end of the second quarter of 2013 (MEES, 1 November 2013).

The report notes that the total economic loss since the beginning of...