Can incoming UN boss Antonio Guterres end Syria's war?

When Antonio Guterres, the UN’s new Secretary General, assumes his duties in January – he will inherit, among other challenges, six years of war in Syria.

His predecessor, Ban Ki-moon, failed to engineer an end to the Syrian conflict that has killed an estimated 400,000 people and displaced almost 11 million Syrians – half the country’s pre-war population.

Guterres has said ending the war will be a “top priority”, and he is currently in Russia meeting President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

But the 67-year-old isn’t the only new face at the UN.

US President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Nikki Haley as UN ambassador, a former US governor who fought against settling Syrian refugees in her state.

So, what can we expect from these new arrivals? And can we expect a shift in how to end the war?

Presenter: Jane Dutton


Marwan Kabalan – Syrian academic and analyst with the Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies at the Doha Institute.

Hillary Mann Leverett – Political analyst and former White House National Security Official.

Vyacheslav Matuzov – Former Diplomat and Chairman of the Russian Friendship Society with Arab Countries.

Source: Al Jazeera News