“The U.S.-Russia compromise was neither a dangerous disaster nor an unexpected miracle. Rather, it was the outcome of determined diplomacy that even included a discussion of the impasse by Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin during their Geneva summit in June. More such diplomacy, like that which led to the July 9 resolution, must be welcomed and incentivized by the secretary-general and other Security Council members. And the two powers themselves should recall how successfully their tough-minded compromise has opened up new possibilities to halt the Syrian tragedy.”