Aaron David Miller: As long as external powers are driven by different agendas and priorities, they will have limited ability to deescalate the conflict. Meanwhile, the Syrian battlefield grows ever more complex.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - For Vladimir Putin, Russia's military build-up in Syria is a potential diplomatic trump card and a handy way of diverting attention from Ukraine's frozen conflict. But it was a panicky realization that the Syrian ...
Aaron David Miller: There is no military solution to the Syria crisis. But the fact that no single party has been able to impose its will on the battlefield does not mean there is a diplomatic fix.
Aaron David Miller: Broad objectives such as stopping Syria's war and ousting Assad depend almost entirely on cooperation of three countries whose agendas conflict with Washington's in fundamental ways.
Aaron David Miller: Even if he wanted to, Russian President Vladimir Putin can’t support a campaign to make Syria whole again under Bashar al-Assad’s control.