The proposal for a Russia-Turkey-Iran solution on Syria leaves unresolved issues.

Despite the intention to declare it, it does not seem that the war in Syria is nearing its end simply because Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani meet in Ankara this week.

Although these three leaders represent the three largest military forces operating in the interior of Syria, without counting the United States, whose commander said the next time he withdrew from Syria. As for Russia, Turkey and Iran meet with the contribution of a reasonably important factor in this context of human cruelty: the Syrians.

You can argue that the regime in Damascus will do what Tehran or Moscow tells it to. But the prospect of Russia, Turkey and Iran agreeing what a new status quo in Syria should look like is a short-term stopgap at best, and one that overlooks the underlying and unresolved causes of the war.

April 03, 2018
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