Why Diplomatic Talks to End Syria’s Civil War Will Fail—Again

Syrian refugees wait to be approved to get into Jordan, near the town of Ruwaished, Jan. 14, 2016 (AP photo by Raad Adayleh).
Syrian refugees wait to be approved to get into Jordan, near the town of Ruwaished, Jan. 14, 2016 (AP photo by Raad Adayleh).

Syria diplomacy is back. International alarm over the self-proclaimed Islamic State has given new urgency to a political settlement that would bring some stability to Syria after nearly five years of civil war, as well as align the country’s warring parties and interested world powers against the jihadi group. The International Syria Support Group, which includes the United States, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, has invested in a diplomatic process that made seeming progress in Vienna in November. In a joint statement subsequently endorsed by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254, the group called for U.N.-supervised negotiations later […]

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