Ankara is using its military presence in northern Syria to prevent Kurdish independence and have more of a say in a post-Assad future of the country. The problem is, its main allies, Iran and Russia, are pro-Assad.
Putin’s surprise withdrawal is not only to leverage Assad into constructive peace talks. It is also about creating more options for Russia to influence the direction of the military conflict and political transition as things change both in Russia and on the ground.
Having belatedly moved to degrade and destroy the primary Daesh funding source within its reach, the international community must now embark on the next phase through targeted financial strategies against middlemen and capacity building in peripheral economies.
Libya is one step closer to emerging from its protracted political crisis – or so it seems. On Tuesday, Libya’s Presidential Council presented its nominees for thirty-two ministerial positions for the proposed government of national unity. This group is supposed to unite Libya’s rival political groups and armed militias, stabilise the country’s nose-diving economy and, most of all, lead the fight...