The Syrian government and rebel delegations have met in Astana, Kazakhstan to hammer out a political resolution to the civil war.
The two sides traded barbs in a shaky start to the peace process, but the talks wrapped up with Russia, Turkey and Iran striking a deal on a three-way mechanism to safeguard the ceasefire. Despite the presence of regional heavyweights, nobody’s holding their breath for a Syria peace plan anytime soon. What changed the attitude of both sides? Will the Syrian government and the opposition parties be ready to enter into a compromise? The answers come from He Wenping at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Dmitry Babich from Sputnik International News Agency; and Daniel Serwer from the Conflict Management Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.