Claire Spencer commented: Addressing the chemical weapons issue is only part of the challenge, and until and unless the collective security of the Syrian people is put at the centre of collective diplomatic energies, no piecemeal solution will address or resolve the underlying conditions for the restoration of peace.
Analyst Ben Shepherd said M23's loss of Bunagana was a major development that provided a window for the international community to try to bring peace to the region. 'It's interesting to think that this may mark the genuine moment when Congo becomes a post-conflict country,' Shepherd said.
It does seem as though M23 has been pushed back effectively. Reports are still confused, but on the immediate reading it does seem that... the M23's military threat is pretty much gone, says Ben Shepherd.
I think the Russians are more relaxed about the possibility that the agreement will be signed than many people think because they believe that the aftermath will bring Ukraine to its senses and force them to settle with Russia on Russia's terms, says James Sherr.
I think this is a concern because what it does show is that there's much to do in terms of protecting systems from people who have IT expertise, says David Livingstone.
David Butter calculates that prior to the war, crude oil production in Syria was 385,000 barrels per day, of which around 150,000 barrels were exported and the rest processed through refineries for domestic consumption. 'Now Syria is only producing 20,000 barrels per day and importing daily around 130,000 barrels of crude plus products from abroad,' says Butter.
I am very excited about the level of ambition for renewable energy and the targets that are appearing in the region, but with 5 to 10 per cent growth in power demand these countries will not meet their renewable energy targets without efficiency, says Glada Lahn.