Conflict and Fragility
This discussion took place as part of our Series of lunch discussions on Syria after Civil War. The full photostream of this event can be viewed here.
The final discussion will be held on Monday 13 May (#3: Militancy and extremism in Syria and beyond).
A key aspect of the Syrian civil war is that it stopped being a matter of - and for - Syrians early on. In other words, the war internationalised. In fact, at the moment it is no longer Syrians themselves that are able to end it. The war today features parallel cooperation and competition between the interests of Russia, Iran and Turkey in particular. Most European countries, as well as the United States, have interests at stake, but little leverage.
This meeting analysed how the foreign policy interests of Russia, Turkey and Iran are likely to influence the newly emergent political order of Syria and how the indebtedness of the regime of President Assad to Russia and Iran is likely to be paid off. While the EU and the Netherlands are ‘consequence-takers’ of the events pushing these interests in the short-term, the meeting will also discuss how European influence on a post-war Syria can be increased.
- Rena Netjes (freelance journalist)
- Erwin van Veen (Senior Research Fellow, the Clingendael Institute)
Moderator: Monika Sie Dhian Ho (General Director, the Clingendael Institute)
11:30: Welcome and registration
12:00-12:20: Introduction by Rena Netjes
12:45-13:05: Introduction by Erwin van Veen
Please be advised that these lunch discussions are held under the Chatham House Rule.