Interview with USAK expert Ali Bakeer on the Geneva II talks

This interview was originally published on the website of the International Strategic Research Organisation (USAK), in Ankara. Interview: Tibor Hargitai, a visiting researcher at USAK . In light of the international efforts to convene the Geneva II meeting next month – aimed at getting all the political actors in Syria, including opposition elements and the Assad…

International Crisis Group – Syria Statement

The International Crisis Group (ICG) made a very well-balanced statement in light of the US’ and France’s call of an international military intervention. Their point is that any solution should be political. Diplomatic efforts and all parties making concessions should lead to a manageable political consensus. According to the ICG, The only exit is political.…

UK vote on Syria premature

The UK messed up its foreign policy decision making towards the use of chemical weapons in Syria. In the Guardian today: The prospect of British involvement in military action in Syria ended dramatically last night when David Cameron suffered a surprise and humiliating Commons defeat on the issue. Despite concessions by the Prime Minister to…

Grand Strategy for Syria. But where is the EU?

Foreign Affairs wrote an interesting article on a strategy for dealing with the seemingly hopeless Syria, entitled Syria’s Collapse, authored by Andrew J. Tabler. He sees a three-tier solution to the crisis — to be solved primarily/solely by the United States of America. Firstly, he proposes the US to deter the use of chemical weapons…