The collapse of Geneva talks
Hasan Abu NimahNOT many observers were surprised by the quick collapse of the Syria peace talks last week. It would have been a bigger surprise if the Geneva talks, organised by UN special representative Staffan de Mistura, had lasted any longer, let alone accomplished anything promising.
No adequate preparation, no substantive terms of reference, no preparatory understandings and lack of political will, are some of the reasons analysts circulated for the failure.
Iran to upgrade, get Russian S-300 missilesTehran—Iran will unveil an upgrade of its Emad ballistic missiles this year, the defense minister was quoted as saying, advancing a programme that has drawn criticism from the United Nations and sanctions from the United States.