Innocence and War: Searching for Europe’s Strategy in Syria

Belgium, Brussels, 1050, European Parliament Library room ASP 5D, 5th floor
Tuesday, January 26 2016 / 18:00

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and Mariya Gabriel MEP, Vice-Chair of the EPP Group invite you to the launch of our latest publication Innocence and War: Searching for Europe’s Strategy in Syria. The publication looks into how the EU, from its first diplomatic manoeuvres in the 1970s onwards, has struggled to shape a coherent strategy for Syria, and provides recommendations to produce one. While Syria has always been a complex country for the EU to deal with, the current ravaging civil war, the military intervention by Russia, Iran’s financial and military support to the Assad regime, and the rise of Islamic State, have left the EU puzzled in what it could and should do. The panel will discuss what next steps need to be taken. What should the EU’s strategy be concerning political transition in Syria? Is EU military engagement possible, maybe inevitable? What kind of cooperation can we expect from Russia and regional powers, considering other ongoing conflicts at Europe’s borders? To what extent will the terrorist attacks and threats throughout Europe have an impact on the West’s call to remove President Assad and fight Islamic State? Please register here