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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (shown in an archive photo) today announced a preliminary roadmap leading to a ceasefire in Syria in the next week. Whatever the flaws of this accord, it undoubtable shows the vast potential of the emerging Russian-US condominium for providing solutions to some of the most intractable problems on the international scene. Readers of this briefing will recall that just one week ago we outlined a Middle East lineup pitting the US and Russia against Britain, France, Israel and Turkey. This reality is on the front page of every newspaper in the world today. So, read this daily briefing and you will be one week ahead of the news as well!

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