Syria Shenanigans


The curtain raiser for the Geneva 2 conference on Syria on 24 January, a 22 January meeting in nearby Montreux of senior diplomats from 40 countries and organizations, nearly failed to take place at all after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced on 19 January that he had invited Iran.

This did not go down well with the opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC), which threatened to reverse its decision two days earlier to attend, or the US,...