Issue Brief on “Third Round of Astana Talks: A Gordian Knot in the Making?”


The Syrian conflict marked a grim anniversary on March 15, as the country entered its seventh year of civil war.

On March 14, 2017, representatives of Russia, Iran and Turkey – the Syrian ceasefire guarantor states – met in Astana for two-day trilateral consultations on the Syrian conflict. The Astana talks, brokered by Russia and Turkey, are centered on reaching a cease-fire in Syria and getting humanitarian relief to millions of suffering civilians. They run parallel to the UN mediated political talks in Geneva aimed at ending Syria’s civil war.

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