After six years of war, Syria’s moderate rebels are broken and marginalised. And now, as Bashar al-Assad has wished for so long, al-Qaeda extremists are leading the insurgency.
Instability and uncertainty could draw outside powers into a competitive struggle for influence over the region.
When the left makes these arguments, they're attacked, and rightly so.
If we continue to respond to attacks with hatred and hysteria, we allow the perpetrators and the far right to win.
A key part of German cultural life that touches the whole world has been attacked in this shocking event.
So far, German political and media responses to the tragic attack in Berlin have been measured.
A smashed window here, a non-white person accosted there: how long can this liberal city incubate itself from extremism after the Christmas market terrorist attack?
The relationship between the two nations had improved significantly this year, enabling them to work together to secure a ceasefire in Aleppo.
Last night’s events attest to the growing global instability – but they won’t accelerate it.
Events which at the time seem small and unconnected often combine to lead to major cataclysms.
Andrei Karlov was attacked while attending the opening of a contemporary arts centre.
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