UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura recently stated that the UN hopes to hold a "serious negotiation" between the government and "still-to-be-unified" Syrian opposition in October. "Seven previous rounds have failed" yet the violence and humanitarian crisis continues. What are your thoughts, hopes, and projections for these peace talks?
Aug 15, 2018
The Kurds are an ethic group living mostly in the mountainous regions of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. They are the 4th largest ethnic group in the Middle East with around 35 million people, but they still don't have a state. The Kurds have been fighting since the 1920s for their own state, and clashes have led to more instability in the Middle East. Kurdish militants have been among the rebels in the Syrian Civil War, and many believe that the Kurds are using the Civil War as an opportunity to get their own state. Should the Kurds get their own state, and what are the possible pros and cons?