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Air strikes in Syria are a good start, but the lessons of Iraq and Libya must be learned

Alaaldin, Ranj (2015) Air strikes in Syria are a good start, but the lessons of Iraq and Libya must be learned. British Politics and Policy at LSE (02 Dec 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

MPs have authorised UK air strikes in Syria. Despite this being a step in the right direction, defeating ISIS will not, in itself, bring political stability to Syria, writes Ranj Alaaldin. He warns that it is counter-intuitive to expect the coalition of jihadists and the regime to come together and contest elections, pursuant to the transition plan world powers have put forward. Instead, what the lessons of Iraq and Libya teach us is that peace requires stabilisation, good governance and reconciliation between divided communities. This cannot be achieved if the transition is led by regime elements and jihadists who have much in common with ISIS.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 12:12
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 12:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/73646

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