There have been separate, simultaneous talks ahead of this week’s UN peace talks regarding what’s next for Syria. Russia and Turkey met in Sochi last week and Syrian Opposition Forces met in Saudi Arabia. These talks signal an end to ISIS’ hold on the region and now the negotiations for keeping peace have begun. While this is a step in the right direction few think much will come of these talks. The opposition forces have been opposed to Assad remaining in power and seemed initially unwilling to negotiate any outcome that would see him stay, but there have been recent transitions and leadership shakeups that now seem more willing to consider “other options.”


Both sides want Syria to stop fighting and to bring a peaceful conclusion to the war-torn country. Russia, Turkey and Iran want control of much of the country resources and vital borders and have no problem with Assad staying in power if they can make it work. They can control him. The opposition forces still want him out as they have since the beginning of the war. No one seems to know what to do with the Kurds in the region. The UN is hoping to get in the country and oversee free and fair elections for the new government but the Security Council has yet to make it clear if that will be allowed–Russia can always veto. The UN had recently wanted to investigate last summers attack on civilians allegedly carried out by Assad’s regime but Russia used their Security Council veto power to disallow any investigations.