Category Archive: Syria

Plotting for the morning after: ISIS’ future after the fall of Mosul and Raqqa

“Only when Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria fall, can we begin to talk about the beginning of the end of the physical territorial state. We already have plenty of evidence, that… Continue reading

Is Political Islam the answer? Reconstruction in the Middle East

“There is the issue of compatibility of Islam and democracy”, but in the recent past, the people of the Middle East have “spoken loudly about rejecting strongmen and have pushed out dictators.” But… Continue reading

The Folly of Bombing the Islamic State

“Bin Laden was very proud that he had only spent 500.000 dollars on the 9/11 attacks. The US in response to those attacks has probably spent 3 trillion dollars. So as a return… Continue reading

NATO-intervention in Libya: a mistake or a job half-done?

“The mistake was not to complete the job. That was a terrible mistake. Libya did not need thousands of weapons … If Libya was without those weapons, the competition would have been political.”… Continue reading

Killing Al-Baghdadi: the end of the Caliphate or part of the narrative?

“IS and all jihadis believe that there is going to be war until the day of reckoning. A Caliphate will be re-constituted before the end times. But there are 12 Caliphs before the… Continue reading

Jihadis from the West

“The romance of jihad is not that different from the romance that leftist communists had for the republican side during the Spanish Civil War” Professor Bernard Haykel of Princeton University’s Department of Near… Continue reading

Bernard Haykel on Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

“IS is a symptom of a deep feeling amongst Sunni Arabs of being disenfranchised. […] It is the same sentiment that led to the emergence of Al-Qaeda.” Professor Bernard Haykel of Princeton University’s Department… Continue reading

How Islamic is the Islamic State?

“To say that IS is outside of the interpretive parameters of Islam is factually incorrect. […] There is no question that these people are drawing inspiration from Islamic texts. And they know these… Continue reading

Mary Kaldor on Syria: time to intervene?

Is Syria a ‘New War’? And should there be a humanitarian intervention? Mary Kaldor (Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics) shares her vision. Kaldor: Is Syria a New War? Plea… Continue reading

Heather Roff on the Responsibility to Protect

“Syria and Libya are just fundamentally different both operationally as well as politically,” Dr Heather Roff Perkins (Visiting Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver) answers in response to… Continue reading

Simon Adams on the merits of R2P, Syria and veto reform

“Our benchmark is international community failure. But I’d like to think that even though there are still mass atrocities in the world, we are certainly getting better at preventing them from happening. And when… Continue reading

Eki Omorogbe on R2P, Syrian deadlock, and alternatives

On the deadlock over Syria: “This in my mind takes us back to the 1990s: Rwanda, Srebrenica, Kosovo.. Unless we are willing to act illegally but legitimately, then the people will be at… Continue reading

Jason Ralph: fading consensus on R2P and failure over Syria?

“R2P does not begin and end with military intervention. There are many ways of fulfilling the responsibility. I tend to think that using military force in Syria would have made things worse for… Continue reading