It was the cotton trade that brought the first Syrians to the UK in the 19th century, and members of the community still own factories in northern cities such as Bradford and Leeds, according to Nadim Shehadi.
Fadi Hakura said that the protests are a way of critics of Erdogan venting their opposition to his Islamic conservative reforms, in a nation, which whilst mainly Muslim, has an established secular tradition.
Following the abrupt cancellation last week of planned talks in Seoul between the two Koreas - what would have been the first formal bilateral ministerial negotiations since 2007 - it remains unclear what the prospects are for an improvement in ties, writes John Swenson-Wright.
'Two years ago people would say that the G8 was on its way out,' said Robin Niblett. 'The G8 is rediscovering a little of its mojo, having been put to in the shadows by the postcrisis centrality of the G20 at a time when we needed everyone to pull together.'
The UK Foreign Office urged Dr Rowhani to set Iran on a different course for the future, addressing international concerns about Iran's nuclear programme and addressing the political and human rights situation for the people of Iran. I believe that sums up what European concerns and expectations are, writes Richard Dalton.
The Austrians' decision [to withdraw peacekeeping troops] might look like a storm in a teacup... However, it has far reaching implications regarding the way Israel views the role of the UN peacekeeping mission on its borders and their role in future peace agreements with her neighbours, writes Yossi Mekelberg.
Overall I think the danger of what's going on in Turkey is that the really uncompromising style of leadership that we see with the prime minister vis-à-vis the demonstrators might spill over into economic policy-making and that would be very, very dangerous for Turkey, says Fadi Hakura.
Obama is unlikely to have signed off on this without having a detailed schedule for timing and scope of deliveries. Saudi/French efforts are underway to restock rebels in the north; US effort likely to focus on south, at least initially, says David Butter.
Shale oil is already gushing out of the ground in America, displacing imports to the world's largest consumer. New supply is not yet showing up in prices... But Paul Stevens is among those who see parallels with the price crash of 1986 caused when high prices hit demand and brought forth new sources of supply from the North Sea and Alaska.
[Saeed] Jalili is the more-of-the-same candidate, and has been portrayed in the media as being in the lead, but I'm not sure that's true, said Sir Richard Dalton.
On the one hand, he is still perceived by many to have restarted Iran's nuclear program... On the other hand, the allegations of corruption within his administration and the criticism that he mismanaged the economy will perhaps overshadow his legacy among many Iranians, says Sasan Aghlani.
The revelation of the US National Security Agency's highly secret 'Prism' intelligence-gathering program will undermine America's moral authority to deal with China over cyber espionage, according to a leading cyber security expert, speaking at a Chatham House conference.