Chinese leadership gives no sign of accepting any type of foreign military intervention in Syria, calling into question the significance of China’s apparent earlier move toward accepting some infringements on national sovereignty by outside forces.
Refugees are pouring into neighboring countries to avoid the chaotic violence in Syria. Jordan is taking a large number of these refugees and straining its budget at a time of political instability.
Ankara's policy of forcefully pushing the regime change agenda in Syria is under criticism domestically as some of the risks of a post-Assad world are becoming clearer.
Syrian Kurds are caught between the ambitions of their fellow Kurdish parties in neighboring Iraq and Turkey, and the strategies of a Syrian regime struggling to survive.
The perpetuation of the Assad regime is critical to Iran's efforts to maintain its regional influence, and Tehran has demonstrated it will do whatever it can to aid Assad and his regime.
Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi knows the fears, concerns, and mentality of the Syrians, which may prove valuable in securing a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
No country stands to lose more from the collapse of the Assad regime in Syria than its lone regional ally, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Syria is too important as an Iranian ally for Tehran to engage in a political transition process that would result in the ousting of the Assad regime.
Prospects for Syria look bleak, with conflict continuing to intensify in Damascus, Aleppo, and other parts of the country and the international community struggling to find a way to halt the violence.
The U.S. experience in Iraq suggests that foreign military involvement could not have prevented the scenario we now see unfolding in Syria.