Syria is a Chessboard — and Outside Powers Will Decide Who Wins and Loses

The town of Al-Hrak in Dar’a Governorate after shelling by Assad’s forces and Russia. (Via @Dannymakisyria/Twitter)

In April of this year, several European Union and United Nations officials implored the warring parties of Syria to restart western-backed negotiations to end the 7-year-long Syrian Civil War. The EU’s high representative for foreign policy, Frederica Mogherini, pleaded with them to think of Syria’s beleaguered population amid the seemingly never-ending onslaught…