The Syrian Conflict post-Geneva: Future Developments and Implications
On February 19, the Young Transatlantic Network and the U.S. Mission to the EU hosted a roundtable discussion with Andrew J. Tabler, senior fellow at The Washington Institute. The discussion focused on various aspects surrounding the Syrian Conflict including the lead up to the conflict, the failed Geneva peace talks, what this means for the future of Syria and why a resolve is vital for Europe and the United States. It was stated that the challenges to the Geneva peace talks were a product of failed processes that previously were unable to provide any resolve to the conflict. Issues such as the disposal of chemical weapons and the delivery and allocation of humanitarian aid are among these unwavering issues that, until resolved, have the potential to halt further peace negotiations in the future. It was also stressed that the United States and Europe have a critical role and stake in the outcome of these negotiations as the issue of foreign fighters, refugee placement and the allocation of humanitarian aid converge and potentially threaten Europe’s border security and destabilize the region. The roundtable gathered a diverse group of around 28 participants and it was concluded that more assertive measures are needed in order to not only initiate another round of peace talks and create results but also to prompt any resolve within Syria’s fracturing government.