Apr. 6, 2018
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran convened for a summit in Ankara on April 4 ostensibly to discuss Syria. (Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani). Most pundits noted two salient inferences, that the US was conspicuously absent and the conclave would lead to nothing longterm since the countries involved had divergent goals in Syria. Ergo the whole thing served as little more than a grand photo-op. Which is perfectly accurate but grievously incomplete as a functional assessment of the summit’s purpose and outcomes. It’s true that realities on the ground make it almost impossible for any single actor or combination of them to resolve the overarching puzzle of Syria. Still convergences of interest do exist between the three participants and outcomes there will be.