The need for a functioning government is more important than any leader or party.
Two very problematic allies.
As Arab rulers and their peoples come to see that Islamism and Iran are the real threats.
Turkey and Iran can expand their influence.
Containing Iran is not in Putin’s interest.
But not America or the Syrian people.
Russia has made it clear that it is in Syria for good, whereas America looks ready to race for the exits.
They want the right to work freely in Lebanon, but Beirut and Ramallah don’t want them to have it.
No agreement is better than a bad deal that boosts Moscow’s prestige at the expense of regional security.
Keeping Iran off of the commanding heights.
Economic measures might not be enough.
Beijing is set to be the winner of the Syrian civil war.
If it doesn’t, both sides will turn to Moscow and Tehran.