- Daily Brief
- September 17, 2019
As the Syrian civil war continues to wind down, expect the regional power struggle to heat up.
Careful leveraging of their advantages should see the Syrian Kurds retain their autonomy.
Divided and defeated, Kurdish hopes for an independent state have seemingly been dashed.
Geopolitical tensions, foreign fighters and sectarian tensions will fuel further conflict.
In the pursuit of independence, Iraq’s Kurds could vote themselves into a volatile position.
A proposed joint local force will fail to curb terrorism in northern Africa despite EU support.
Tourism and related industries could be big winners as Iran emerges from years in isolation.
Rift risks further fracturing the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Negotiations in early July will go nowhere if key players within Syria are sidelined.
Blowback from the US decision to arm the Kurdish YPG could reverberate for decades.
Sino-Syrian cooperation may secure Chinese national interests – but it will cost Beijing friends.
Hezbollah’s regional adversaries are moving to confront its growing strength.