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This Distant Damascus

The war in Syria has shown that a military solution to the conflict is doomed to fail, and establishing political peace seems almost the only probable way to resolve the conflict For the last 12 years, the war in Syria has been raging on. March 15, 2011 is considered ...


U.S. and EU Sanctions against Syria

... expressed their willingness to allocate funds for the reconstruction of Damascus. Saudi Arabia was also eyeing this possibility, despite COVID-19 and the economic fallout. But sanctions have affected the plans of the Arab monarchies. Furthermore, the European Union is in thrall to the U.S. sanctions policy in the new environment. Even if the EU tried to lift some of its sanctions in exchange for specific moves by Damascus, Europe would automatically fall under the secondary U.S. sanctions. Thus, the Syrians’ hope for post-war reconstruction and foreign investments is frustrated mainly due to U.S. sanctions, which became comprehensive in 2020. Joe Biden, who replaced Donald Trump as U.S. president, retained the strategy of his predecessor in terms ...


First Aid: How Russia and the West Can Help Syrians in Idlib

A one-year extension to the current aid arrangements would be no one’s first choice—but would ensure civilians in Idlib continue to receive help The next international showdown on Syria is quickly coming into view. After ten years of conflict, Bashar al-Assad may have won the war, but much is left to be done to win the peace. This is nowhere more so than in the province of Idlib, which is home to nearly 3 million people who now ...


RIAC and ECFR Discuss the Situation in the Middle East and Syria

... was attended by leading Russian and European experts On March 15, 2021, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) held an off-limits online workshop on the situation in the Middle East and Syria. The event was attended by leading Russian and European experts. Opening remarks were made by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, and Julien Barnes-Dacey, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at the European Council on Foreign ...


Syria: In the Middle of a Long Cycle

... years go by, the opposition, on the other hand, has drawn increasingly closer to Islamist radicals, who have nothing in common with the Western values. Ten years after the conflict broke out, the US maintains a largely symbolic military presence in Syria’s northeast regions, while the European Union is plainly unable to settle on a new strategy in Syria. Should Russia be considered a winner? Tactically—yes. Russia’s successful and relatively low-budget military operation quickly made Moscow the principal external actor in Syria....


Sanctions Against Russia: A Look into 2021

Report 65/2021 Report 65/2021 The report analyses the application of foreign sanctions against Russian citizens, companies and economy sectors. It also considers global trends in the use of sanctions and restrictive measures against Russia within individual areas (the “Ukrainian package,” sanctions against pipeline projects, “cyber sanctions,” etc.). The report is based on Sanctions Event Database compiled by the Russian International Affairs Council. It contains data for 2020 into early 2021....


Russia and the EU in Syria: Need for New Approaches?

Can Russia and the EU interact constructively on the Syrian issue? This working paper aims to analyse the post-conflict reconstruction in Syria, especially in terms of Russian and EU approaches on the issue. The authors examine the main problems of reconstruction and adopted strategies, paying particular ...


U.S. and European Sanctions on Syria

... policymakers stated was a response to Syrian support for terrorism, activities in Lebanon, and other Syrian government activities, and a second phase that started in 2011 and has continued to the present, that U.S. policymakers stated was a response to the Syrian civil war. The European Union began to impose sanctions starting in 2011 as Syria’s civil war broke out, and the EU has escalated sanctions in several stages since 2011. The United Nations has imposed a limited number of sanctions related to Syria, generally targeted ...


The Caesar Act: A New Challenge for Syria?

... will depend on the stance that Europe takes on the Caesar Act, and this is a complicated matter. In May, Brussels once again extended its sanctions against Syria for another year. On the other hand, Europe is debating adjusting its approaches to the Syrian reconstruction effort. The German expert Muriel Asseburg notes that the European Union’s consolidated standing is eroded by differences between the United Kingdom, Germany and France on the one hand, as they favour preserving the hard-line approach, and Austria, Hungary, Italy and Poland on the other, as they are ready ...


The Future of Humanitarian Aid Delivery to Syria: What is Russia’s Rationale?

... concessions look like the only possible way to move forward On July 11, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) finally adopted a resolution extending the authorization of cross-border mechanisms that guarantee the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria for another year, until July 10, 2021. However, the UN aid will now go through just one Turkish border crossing — Bab al-Hawa. The resolution did not approve the Bab al-Salam crossing on Syria’s border with Turkey, as well as Al-Yarubiyah and ...


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