The UK can do little to affect the Syrian civil war. But it is shoring up its interests on the periphery of the conflagration, reinforcing the UK’s military reorientation East of Suez. The question is whether, in light of Parliament’s vote last month, the Government now wants to say so.
The deal between Russia and the United States over Syria is more an agreement to disagree rather than a pact between two powers which see eye to eye. But its impact could be profound for Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy.
Critics accuse President Obama of walking into a Russian trap. But even partial implementation of the disarmament plan reduces the likelihood that chemical weapons are used, without foreclosing any American options.
While the operational launch of Bushehr may receive only passing attention in the media, it represents a significant step forward for Iran’s potential nuclear weapons capability. With the danger of a nuclear domino affect hitting the Gulf States, how far can Iran’s claims of using nuclear technology for solely peaceful purposes be trusted?
As a number of Middle Eastern countries move to suspend BlackBerry services questions arise as to whether their concerns are really over security or more about an attempt to exert control in a cyber domain that does not adhere to national borders.