In the light of recent developments and with Assad in a position of strength, and Russia in the driving seat, Joris Couvreur looks ahead attempting to outline the way forward considering the interests of the major actors. Will the ceasefire last and will the peace process gain momentum?
The decentralised and democratic nature of the Western alliance has provided Russia with an opportunity to claim the informational advantage with regard to its information wars in Crimea and Syria, highlighting the urgency with which institutional transformations must be embraced.
Against the background of Moscow’s historical ties with Syria, Joris Couvreur critically assesses Russia’s recent surprise military intervention in the conflict in Syria, especially with respect to achieving a durable peaceful settlement.
Faced with a plethora of crises and foreign policy challenges, Sven Biscop asks whether Europeans are up to the challenge of acting strategically.
Following President Hollande’s invocation of the EU’s mutual assistance clause, Sven Biscop argues that to prove that the EU is more than a market Article 42.7 must be translated into strategy, planning and institutions.
Following the tragic attacks on Paris, Frederik Van Lokeren argues that Islamic State will continue to strike abroad and at the heart of its enemies whenever its military situation deteriorates in Syria and Iraq.
Putin is a master tactician but, as Sijbren de Jong, Karlijn Jans and Willem Oosterveld argue, by only scoring tactical points Putin risks upsetting Russia’s relations with vital neighbours and partners such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
The Middle East has always baffled Europeans, but, as Jolyon Howorth explains, five dimensions of regional and international politics are currently ripping apart Syria.
In this article, Joris Couvreur looks at the current state of play in the Syria conflict and argues that control over Syria’s state institutions is more important than seizing territory.
In this article, Rik Coolsaet looks at the issue of foreign fighters and he questions the supposed socio-economic root causes of the phenomenon.