Palmarias of the Libyan Army destroyed by French air force near Benghazi, 19 March 2011. Photo: Bernd Brincken
Blog / International Security

To Save R2P, the International System Must Save Itself

Palmarias of the Libyan Army destroyed by French air force near Benghazi, 19 March 2011. Photo: Bernd Brincken

At the end of a century of violence, the international community decisively intervened in East Timor in 1999 to prevent atrocities occurring at the hand of Indonesian militias. Conducting the first successful intervention after Rwanda and Srebrenica …

Ruins of a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in northern Syria. Photo: Médecins Sans Frontières
Blog / International Law

Don’t Let Inaction in Syria and Afghanistan Undermine the Geneva Conventions

Ruins of a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in northern Syria. Photo: Médecins Sans Frontières

The international community’s continued inaction and blatant disregard for international humanitarian law (IHL) in Syria and Afghanistan risks pushing the laws into abstraction and undermining their ability to govern conflict.

Codified in the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional …

Syrian Conflict
Blog / International Security

Major Conflicts in 2015: A Year in Review

Syrian and Iraqi Refugees – via Wikimedia Commons

By Vanessa Thevathasan

With curtains closed on 2015, it’s time to look back at a year defined by political instability, violence and mass displacement of the likes not seen since the Second World War.

Old, familiar conflicts continued apace last year in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, …

Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo. Photo source: Voice of America News: Scott Bob reports from Aleppo, Syria via Wikimedia Commons
Blog / Europe

Syria: Are there any Options?

Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo. Photo source: Voice of America News: Scott Bob reports from Aleppo, Syria via Wikimedia Commons

It seems that not a day goes by without news of fresh tragedy in Syria. Reports have emerged that Islamic State may have been responsible for chemical weapons attacks, two years after …

A view over Kos Town to Turkey in the distance from the Asklepion (by JD554)
Blog / Europe

Kos and its Refugees

A view over Kos Town to Turkey in the distance from the Asklepion (by JD554)

I have recently visited the island of Kos which, due to its close proximity to Turkey, has received an influx of refugees. Those in Kos are part of about 230 000 refugees that have arrived in Greek islands (of a …

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Americas / Blog

Continuity and Foreign Policy

Obama and Biden – The White House via Flickr

 

In 2008, Obama entered the oval office full of hopes, his campaign promises had included a completely different approach to foreign policy than his Republican predecessor. Obama had seduced American citizens and the world with his clear opposition to the war in Iraq, his recognition of …

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Blog / Experts

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

 

The map of “Areas of Influence” and “Areas Reportedly affected by the 21 August Chemical Attack” that was published by the White House on 30 August 2013 – via Wikimedia Commons

 

This past weekend marked two years since a chemical attack on the Syrian neighborhood of Ghouta overwhelmed our social media feeds with horrifying picturesof …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

In the fog of Syria’s war: Hezbollah in transition

Hezbollah Flag. upyernoz via Flickr Creative Commons.

The conflict in Syria has been an embodiment of the notion that chaos in the region is empowering non-state actors. The Syrian conflict is also one in which the relevance of a conventional regional balance is being challenged and emphasis is being placed on state and non-state actors’ …

Assad's policy of urbicide is leaving Syria's cities, towns and villages battling for survival. Photo source: H.usa via Flickr Creative Commons
Blog / International Security

Beyond Kobanî

Assad’s policy of urbicide is leaving Syria’s cities, towns and villages battling for survival. Photo source: H.usa via Flickr Creative Commons

Sitting at a dining room table in London, my colleague and I sat watching footage from the Syrian-Turkish border. Thanks to the Telegraph, which aired live footage of the border region near the Kurdish …