World powers including Russia, the US and Turkey all have a stake in the Syrian conflict – but the networks they rely on for influence are constantly in flux.
As a new cessation of hostilities comes into force, Russia's influence over the Syrian conflict is deepening.
Two of East Asia's biggest powers are still technically at war and deadlocked over contested territories. Now one of them wants to be friends.
The past year hasn't worked out so well for Russia – and the Kremlin's ability to weather the storms ahead is looking shaky.
Why there's a slender -- a very slender -- chance for working out a settlement at upcoming talks in New York.
To his home audience, Vladimir Putin's strategy in Syria appears to be sound.