Assad's supporters in both Iran and Russia should put pressure on the Syrian government, alongside the UN, to open supply routes for all kinds of aid as a basic gesture of good faith in the talks, writes Abdullah Ali.
'I think this visit will confirm the growing distance between Turkey and the EU,' said Fadi Hakura. 'The accession process is clearly comatose, is clearly stagnant and there is little trust between the Turkish government and EU.'
'The Taliban have been saying that they do not deliberately target civilians and one of the reasons, why they are sensitive to the accusation that they target civilians is because the Afghan population is fed up with being the victim of conflict between armed fighters,' said Michael Keating.
'I think what people are seeing as fragmentation, division and lack of unity and coherence in the opposition is a very healthy phenomenon and should be seen as a sign of what a future democratic Syria should and would look like after Assad,' said Nadim Shehadi.
While much media attention recently has focused on the geopolitical fault-lines that connect Syria's violence to wider region-wide trends, the plight of individual women, men, and children displaced within Syria or living in camps beyond its borders shows no sign of ending, writes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.
'The jurisdiction is focused on a specific incident. That's not common for international tribunals, which usually deal with mass atrocities,' said Misa Zgonec-Rozej.