'[Saudi Arabia] will be looking to see if the West is dealing with the [Syrian] chemical weapons for its own benefit, or for the benefit of regional stability,' said Sir Tom Phillips. 'And then of course they will be watching the Iran agenda very closely to see... whether anything will be given away.'
'I don’t think even a 2015 agreement is going to all of a sudden overnight result in a 2-degree pathway,' Christiana Figueres, the current UNFCCC executive secretary, told reporters Oct 21 at Chatham House. 'There is no agreement that is a miracle.'
German electricity production from coal has already gone up but in the UK what's limiting this is the planned shutdown of existing older plants, says William Blyth.
'I think it would be quite naive if parliamentarians invited [Snowden] over only to see him being extradited under a legal process,' said Anand Menon. 'And I think it would be quite naive of him to go.'
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.