After the Gaddafi’s fall and the end of his regime in Libya, all eyes are now turned on Syria as one of the remaining countries to have followed in the Arab Spring line of revolutions. Unfortunately, the outcome of its uprisings may not be quite as successful as in its neighbouring countries. Lack of recognition by the international community, lack of involvement on behalf of Nato and a violent pro-Assad regime may get the better of those hoping to provoke change.
Having successfully secured the Gilat Shalit swap, both Israel and Palestine have managed to achieve what they wanted. However, though symbolic this swap is unlikely to bring any advancement in negotiations and will not in any way promote peace between both sides.
The Arab spring has allowed Turkey to gain a new role in the Middle East, and impose itself not only as an example, but also as a strong contender in the political arena. Though this is a positive change, it is important that Turkey should make its moves strategically, so as to not to alienate or anger any of its neighbours and allies.
As Syria continues to battle for its independence and its role in the Arab spring, EU sanctions on oil may just be the right deterrent for President Assad. If he finds himself in an economically difficult situation, could the sanctions push the tide in favour of those asking for him to leave, or will he keep calm and carry on?