The deal to implement a ceasefire across Syria brokered by the US and Russia is a major development in the course of that country’s brutal conflict. It presents a faint glimmer of hope – the first in years – that an end may be in sight to what to date remains this century’s bloodiest conflict.
As the seige of Aleppo continues, RUSI Director General Dr Karin von Hippel, gives her assessment of the city's strategic significance and the importance of Russia to help bring an end to the Syrian civil war.
In initiating action against ISIS in Syria, the US operation sees combat use of the F-22 stealth fighter for the first time and Gulf states deploying their air assets for power projection in the region.
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.
Unlike France, Germany is the other major European power that has stopped short of military intervention in Syria. Nevertheless, the country has adopted a tough diplomatic posture towards Syria and could deploy militarily if there is an international mandate.