Has The Race To Rebuild Syria Already Begun?

The operations to annihilate ISIL once and for all have finally reached their last stage. The latest round of peace talks in Astana has resulted in the finalisation of a de-escalation zone. The Kurdish issue has become a common denominator and a priority to be addressed by most of the regional powers involved. The Syrian Army has regained control of …

Russian Ambassador killed in Ankara: The implications

In an extraordinary development, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has  been shot dead whilst giving a speech at an art gallery. The shooter is reported to have shouted “this is for Aleppo”. The shooting comes as tensions simmer between Turkey and Russia over events in Syria, with President Erdogan having to perform a tactical ‘retreat’ earlier this year …

Editorial: How we got to Aleppo

The outpouring of emotion, the shock, the horror, the repeat of those eternal empty words of ‘never again’, has dominated my personal social media feed. In fact, I could be forgiven for assuming everyone in the world is heartbroken by what has taken place, but for the few comments here and there that suggest that, somewhere, the news of Aleppo …

Why have the Arabs been unable to unite over Syria?

You would be forgiven for thinking that the Syria crisis, with all that makes it one of the greatest tragedies of our time, could unite the Arab countries to come together as a united front to end the crisis. After all, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and other regional powers have all declared that they will not accept a …

Why is it taking so long to solve the Syria crisis?

Millions of refugees, a whole host of rebel movements, constant ‘negotiations’ and regular flights to Geneva. And despite a universally recognised humanitarian crisis, the Syrian conflict appears no closer to a solution. Why? The answer is actually quite complex and requires apportioning the blame to a number of parties, including the opposition. Let’s begin there: The opposition The Syrian opposition …