'We could well end up with a situation in which [Hollande] comes to be seen as someone whose fundamentally transformed an important dimension of France's international relationship with Africa,' said Paul Melly.
'The energy industry in Russia was shaped by Yukos until 2003,' said Richard Sakwa. 'A lot has moved on with the creation of national champions that were built on the bones of Yukos.'
'There has been increasing political unrest in the country since July, when President Kiir sacked Vice-President Machar and reduced the number of ministries from 29 to 19 in an attempt to streamline and invigorate the government,' said Ahmed Soliman.
A Chatham House analysis published last week was scathing, describing how Britain and the United States 'have oscillated between explicit demands for President Assad to leave and implicit acceptance of him as a viable partner'.
The issue of security along the Jordan Valley could potentially bring about a major crisis, even a breakdown in negotiations. To avoid this both sides have no choice but to accept the imperfection of any of the suggested compromises, and subscribe to the notion that rather an imperfect peace, than an ongoing conflict, writes Yossi Mekelberg.
'I don’t think it is a crude traditional attempt to restore or enhance French influence. I think it is a more mature or considered view, if you like. Over the long term, it’s in France’s interest just as in the interest of Europe as a whole for Africa to be stable and prosperous,' said Paul Melly.
'He’s obviously a very significant political figure in South Sudan. He’s been around a long time and has had significant relationships with leading figures such as [former SPLM leader] John Garang, as well as with Kiir, which has gone through its ups and downs,' said Ahmed Soliman.