Tag: Bashar al-Assad

Why Isn’t Oil-Rich Russia Helping Its Syrian “Ally” Survive The Fuel Crisis?

It’s seemingly inexplicable to many that one of the world’s top oil exporters won’t help its “ally” survive the ever-worsening fuel crisis, but upon closer consideration and after much-needed critical thinking, it becomes clear that Russia intends to politicize this crisis in order to compel Syria into undertaking further concessions […]

No, Assad Didn’t “Win” The War, He Was Compelled By Putin To “Compromise”

It’s misleading to assert that Assad “won” the war even though he still remains in office as the country’s democratically elected and legitimate leader since Putin compelled him to “compromise” on several important issues after the Liberation of Aleppo and accept a political reality completely at odds with what one […]

Iran’s Political Civil War Has Just Become Very Public

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s first election victory in 2013, proved to be unpopular with the country’s Principlists (aka conservatives/hardliners) as Rouhani promoted reforms that would ideally allow Iran to open up its economy to western partners that had previously put Iran under heavy economic sanctions. Rouhani’s political goal was realised […]

Turkey’s Latest Comments on Syria Prove That Regional Peace Processes Are Superior to International Ones

With a major US withdrawal from Syria expected sooner rather than later, the pre-existing trend of regional powers guiding, shaping and owning the peace process in the Arab Republic’s conflict is becoming all the more pronounced. The Astana Trio of Turkey, Russia and Iran have long been the major force […]

Ankara And Damascus Both Recognise The Importance of The Adana Agreement – Now They Just Need to Agree on an Interpretation

Throughout the long and violent conflict in Syria, the 1998 Adana Agreement has only come up in a major way during this last week. The subject first arose when during a joint press conference between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, the latter invoked the Adana Agreement […]