War and Peace in the Middle East

Is there any hope of an end to the fighting in Syria and Iraq?

With the siege of Aleppo ongoing in Syria and the invasion of Mosul underway in Northern Iraq are we entering the final stages of major conflict in the region or will these operations be merely the latest bloody chapters in a seemingly endless cycle of war? Who are the main parties in both campaigns and who stands to benefit? What will be the implications for Russia and the West and is there any hope that peace can be achieved?

Joining Sarah in Studio

Susan Philips, Political Commentator 

Declan Power, Defence Analyst and Author

Dr Vincent Durac, lecturer in Middle Eastern politics, political Islam in the UCD School of Politics & International Relations