Diana Darke has written for The Sunday Times, the Guardian and the FT and features on BBC Radio Four's From Our Own Correspondent. Her latest book is My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution.
Iran's growing influence in Syria is visible in the streets, as the Syrian people remain helpless pawns on an international chessboard.
Comment: Despite stock markets dipping after Turkey's election, the fact 15 million Kurds will finally be represented in parliament may lead to unity and greater stability, writes Diana Darke.
Comment: It took a media frenzy about an 'archaeological apocalypse' for the world to notice the damage inflicted on Syria during three years of war, says Diana Darke.
Comment: IS are poised to take the Roman ruins of Palmyra, but their capture will not mean the end of the world heritage site, says Diana Darke.
Comment: Despite a society gripped by war and deception, justice can still be found in Syria, says Diana Darke.
Februniye Akyol, the Syriac Christian co-mayor of Turkey's Mardin, says only through true equality can her people thrive, writes Diana Darke.
Comment: Events suggest Bashar al-Assad's war is reaching its endgame, as rebel forces advance and domestic and international allies waver, says Diana Darke.
Comment: A democratic revolution is taking place in "Rojava", the Kurdish regions of Syria. But the project needs international support to survive, says Diana Darke.