Bashar al-Assad once envisioned Syria as a future hub of oil transport in the region – a 'four seas strategy' to connect the region's major oil players to European markets. After two and a half years of civil war, that plan appears all but lost.
A Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons stockpile under international control has revived international diplomacy on Syria.
This week's round-up of Good Reads includes a deeper understanding of Iran's supreme leader, why the Guardian stands by Edward Snowden, the costly mistakes made by Microsoft's Steve Balmer, and Japan's efforts to be 'cool.'
Although the G20 is focused on economic policy, the big issue will be a response to Syria – not the first time the group has veered into security issues.