Al-Hasakah, Syria, Dec. 2, 2018. David Phillips, the researcher and director of the peace and human rights program at the American University of Columbia, talks during a seminar organized by the Kurdish Autonomous Administration in the city of Qamishli in Northern al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, under the title of Power Sharing and Political Transition in Syria. Earlier, Western officials visited the Kurdish Autonomous Administration areas of the US-led International Coalition and participated in political conferences. The last visit was by the former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner to the city of Amuda. Photo: Essam Amin.