US senator John McCain spoke in strong terms at the Munich Security Conference about what he maintains are Russian president Vladimir Putin’s true intentions in the Syrian civil war. Hopes are fading that the conflict can be resolved.
Representatives of the Syrian opposition and President Bashar al-Assad's regime are meeting in Astana for a sixth round of talks. They are hoping to secure a ceasefire, but how far off is a lasting peace agreement?
Turkey appears to be building a military infrastructure independent of NATO - much to the annoyance of Washington. But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might need that new S-400 missile defense system at home.
Trump, Brexit, EU and NATO crises – international politics are currently being turned on their head. All eyes are now on the Munich Security Conference, where US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to arrive on Friday.
Benjamin Netanyahu accuses Iran of filling the void left by the Islamic State in Syria. Israel's prime minister has expressed concern that de-escalation zones brokered by Moscow pose a security threat.
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