New from me for The Century Foundation:
Ahead of the latest round of Syria’s Geneva talks, the most pressing question seems to be: Why?
That is, why is the Geneva process still ongoing? And why go?
In interviews, participants told me there are specific rationales to keep attending Geneva, as well as for the continued existence of Geneva itself. For them, Geneva is a vessel for a possible future deal, a platform for Syrian civil society, and – bluntly – – something other than rival, Russian-engineered Astana talks.
What Geneva talks are not, it seems, is a real chance to negotiate an end to the war.