Bloomberg Businessweek quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Frederic Hof on the first round of the Geneva II talks:

“If anyone is capable of bringing decisive pressure on Assad to knock off the worst of the criminal behavior, it would be Iran,” said Fred Hof, a former State Department adviser on Syria who’s now a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington policy research group. “Iran and Russia need to decide whether it’s in their respective interests to have their client continue to build a self-damning case for eventual war-crimes charges.”

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