Policy Report Addresses the Ongoing Conflict in Syria

A new policy report, "The Crisis in Syria" outlines diplomatic missteps, critical objectives, and recommendations related to the ongoing crisis in Syria. The report is the result of discussions that began at a meeting of the Liechtenstein Colloquium on European and International Affairs (LCM), held in Triesenberg, Liechtenstein, November 15-17, 2013. The brief is the Chair's summary of the meeting, offering concrete suggestions for next steps to ameliorate the crisis in view of the dramatic humanitarian situation that now exists in Syria and the possibility of presidential elections there, while also addressing the strategic shadow created by the current international tensions relates to Ukraine and the intense religious-cultural radicalization in the region.    

The November meeting brought together representatives and experts from 20 states, and was chaired by LISD Director, Wolfgang Danspeckgruber. Discussions focused on the development of new ideas and strategies for the planned Geneva II peace conference, and how to bring about an end to hostilities in Syria. Specifically, participants engaged in a simulation of possible strategic developments and potential results in the overall situation; analyzed challenges to create an effective ceasefire and end of hostilities through multiple levels of analysis; and addressed the issues of human security, kidnappings, starvation and refugees, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and radicalization, and the impact of regional neighbors and concerned international powers. 

The meeting was the fourth LCM convened by LISD on Syria. Participants included Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein, religious leaders from Russia and the wider region, Amb. Lakhdar Brahimi, and representatives and experts from the Middle East, Europe, Russia, the United States, and the UN.