It's a difficult position for Russia to be in, given the water fights between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in particular, and Russia has to be quite careful as to who it's seen to be backing, says James Nixey.
Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at Tufts University, told an audience at Chatham House that realpolitik dictated that the US should let the regime in Syria and its opponents fight it out, so that Iran is bled dry through supporting its ally.
Rod Wye thinks [Vice President Xi Jinping and First Vice Premier Li Keqiang] will be the only current members of the nine-member Politburo Standing Committee to remain on the powerful ruling body.
My expectation, after [decades] of dictatorship, is for Syrian society to emerge a little bit blinded by the light, very diverse, with lots of different ideas, and I consider this to be healthy, says Nadim Shehadi.
The Gulf states are unnerved by the ease with which the US and UK have shifted towards engaging with the Muslim Brotherhood in North Africa, says Jane Kinninmont.
This latest move would seem to increase the likelihood of the royal succession moving to the third generation earlier than many expected, says Jane Kinninmont.
Radicalization is increasing. This is a major development in the course of events in the country. It.s unlikely any foreign power was involved in the blasts, says Jane Kinninmont.