Category Archive: Syria

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

R2P in Libya: why not in Syria?

On Syria: “We simply did not take this seriously and now we have a nightmare scenario that is going to take a long time to fix” Kyle Matthews (Senior Deputy Director at the… Continue reading

Russian diplomacy and the need of talking with Assad

Dan Smith (Secretary General of International Alert) reflects on the Russian diplomacy around the Syrian crisis. Mr Smith urges Western leaders to talk with Iran, Russia and Assad. On September 13th, Dan Smith (Secretary General… Continue reading

Four Lessons for Peacebuilding in Syria

What if the Syrian fighting factions reach a peace deal, and the United Nations are called in to help build the peace? What lessons should the UN bring from their previous peacebuilding experience?… Continue reading

Syrian peace talks: what role for outsiders?

What if serious peace talks are held on Syria, how can and should outsiders be involved? Willemijn Verkoren (director at CICAM) argues that now that the Syrian president Assad has agreed to disarm… Continue reading

When is Armed Intervention the Solution?

In an opinion-piece in Volkskrant, a Dutch daily, Willemijn Verkoren (director at CICAM) agreed with the Russian president Putin that an armed intervention is seldom the solution to conflict. My question: so when… Continue reading

‘Things to avoid’ after peace agreement on Syria

Dan Smith (Secretary General of International Alert) reflects on a best-case scenario in Syria. What can the international community do to help build peace in Syria, should a peace agreement eventually be reached?… Continue reading

Syria: intervention or diplomacy?

Abiodun Williams (President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice) reflects on the crisis in Syria and a possible humanitarian intervention. He also shares his take on the recent diplomatic progress between Russia and the US.… Continue reading

International reaction to chemical weapons use in Syria

Dan Smith (Secretary General of International Alert) reflects on the international response to chemical weapons use in Syria. And why it is very difficult for weapons inspectors to ‘prove a negative’. On September 13th,… Continue reading

Lebanon: limiting the spillover from Syria

How is Lebanon affected by the Syrian war? And what can International Alert do to try and limit the spillover effects? Dan Smith (Secretary General of International Alert) explains. On September 13th, Dan Smith… Continue reading

Dan Smith: Why striking Syria is a bad idea

Would it be smart to issue a limited strike against the Assad regime in Syria in order to deter future chemical weapons use? Dan Smith (Secretary General of International Alert) shares his position.… Continue reading

Prospects for peace in Syria: arming the rebels?

What can Western governments do to promote peace in Syria? Should the EU send arms to Syrian rebels? And if so, to which ones? Mary Kaldor (Professor of Global Governance at the London… Continue reading