Between now and the end of the year, the Syrian regime plans to drastically cut what remains of Syria’s subsidy system and purge the majority of beneficiaries still on its subsidy rolls. While in many ways, these measures are a reaction to the regime’s grim financial realities and inability to cover the costs of subsidies, much less basic services, these cuts will plunge ordinary Syrians into even deeper poverty. However, even amidst this unprecedented austerity drive, public criticism of the Assad regime will remain muted, with any murmurs of dissent quickly suppressed, leaving many Syrians now to face a very real choice between severe hunger or torture or disappearance. With the country’s middle-class decimated, even once well-established professionals are forced to work multiple jobs wherever they can find them and yet are still unable to make ends meet. Remittances now stand as one of the few remaining protections for struggling families, and Syrians are now relying more heavily on family abroad for financial support and, ultimately, finding pathways to leave the country. The economic decimation of this once self-sufficient and industrious country will continue to have consequences on regional stability for decades to come.