Russia’s direct intervention in the Syrian crisis has attracted a great deal of attention. A detailed analysis of the actual scope of the Russian military deployment in Syria indicates Moscow’s level of commitment to the conflict
Iran’s centres of power appear divided on the fate of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. As talks on a political solution to the Syrian crisis reconvene tomorrow in Vienna, these differences are likely to become more apparent.
The death of six British servicemen, pushing British deaths in Afghanistan over 400, is a sober reminder that the Helmand campaign is still far from over. Leaders, both military and civilian, still have to overcome serious challenges if there is to be a peaceful transition in 2014.