As the crisis in Syria continues, the new issue of The World Today examines the implications of the conflict on the wider region.

Drawing on his service as UN envoy in Lebanon, Michael Williams dares to imagine what the Balkanization of Syria would mean. For Syria's Alawites independence is now an increasingly attractive option, he writes.

The Guardian's Martin Chulov warns that borders imposed on the Eastern Mediterranean by Britain and France are now untenable. Th e geopolitical landscape of the region will not be the same 10 years from now.

In the absence of US leadership, Turkey is engaging ever more closely with its Arab neighbours. As it extends its sphere of influence into northern Syria and Iraq, Ankara will inevitably be exposed to shifts in those areas, writes Hugh Pope of International Crisis Group.

The US may be sitting on its hands in the Middle East but, as Daniel Drezner points out, it still leads the world when it comes to producing policy-relevant ideas. British academics, by contrast, rarely seem to make an impact, according to Phillip Blond, who offers his own ideas about how to address this lack of academic innovation.

One of America's leading thinkers, Joseph Nye, talks to editor Alan Philps about America's role in an increasingly affluent world, as well as the enduring relevance of 'soft power', which he says must come from civil society, not just from government.

Elsewhere, film-maker Callum Macrae discusses the impact of his documentary, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, arguing that there is huge value in using film as part of a process of justice.

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