The Announced Withdrawal of the United States from Syria: Reactions and Perspectives on the Peace Process

The Announced Withdrawal of the United States from Syria:  Reactions and Perspectives on the Peace Process
                  On December 20th, 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump unexpectedly declared the US would withdraw its troops from Syria, declaring the military operation against Daesh to have been successfully completed by stating: “we’ve beaten them badly”. As a consequence, he announced the withdrawal of...

The Military Intervention in response to the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria: Further Reflections on the International Prohibition of the Use of Force

The Military Intervention in response to the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria: Further Reflections on the International Prohibition of the Use of Force
The US attack in April 2017, in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces in Khan Shaykhun, was widely considered a violation of the prohibition to use force. However, a significant part of the international community supported, or tacitly tolerated, the illegal intervention. This begged the question of whether this action...

Perspectives for Peacebuilding in Syria: the Democratic Process in Rojava

Perspectives for Peacebuilding in Syria: the Democratic Process in Rojava
  The region of Rojava, in the north of Syria, also known as Western Kurdistan, received wide international attention for its peculiar system of autonomous administration. The de facto authorities are implementing a pioneering political system based on participatory democracy, gender equality, minority rights, ecology and secularism. Even in a situation of armed conflict since 2011, Rojava institutions propose an approach based...

Military Operations against Chemical Weapons in Syria: a Risk for the International Prohibition to Use Force?

Military Operations against Chemical Weapons in Syria: a Risk for the International Prohibition to Use Force?
                  On 26 June 2017, the Government of the United States issued a statement to inform that Syria appeared to be preparing a chemical attack, and to threaten the use of force if one took place. Earlier, on 28 May, the President of France similarly declared to...