US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
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In his October 2016 'Mideast Monitor' column for the Jerusalem Report, Senior Researcher Prof. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman argues that the partial cease-fire agreed upon by the United States and Russia will not ultimately result in a termination of the Syrian conflict. 

"A PARTIAL cease-fire in Syria, following intense and contentious negotiations between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, brought a bit of respite to Syria’s long-suffering populace during the recent Eid al-Adha holiday. But, within days of its going into effect, the deal began to unravel, and the chances of it providing a way forward to end Syria’s agony appeared remote."