And it certainly gets in the way of finding judges or arbitrators or even moderators to help resolve this conflict. Still, there are ways forward. Take a list of all nations and let the sides take turns rejecting partial countries. When you're down to 10-20 nations, you're probably as impartial as you can get. It's certainly more honest than declaring one side's best-friend patron ally is the only suitable impartial arbitrator.
U.S., allies conduct 20 air strikes in Syria and Iraq against ISIS, says U.S. military (Reuters)