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.
This week a group of survivors and relatives of those killed in the July 7 London bombings have applied for a judicial review of a Home Office decision not to hold an inquiry into the attacks.
Lawyers for the group said the action was being taken to ensure lessons were learned for the future and that legal proceedings would be stopped if an independent and public inquiry was launched.