Since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011 the presence of multiple belligerents, including the Syrian government, the Free Syrian Army and ISIS, have characterized the conflict. The fighting between these groups on Syrian territory, as well as the territory of neighbouring states, has caused an estimated 9 million Syrians to flee their homes and over 220,000 Syrian casualties.
The Russian Federation has been a supporter of the Syrian government, led by president Bashar Al-Assad, since many years. In 2012 Russia used their veto-power in the UN Security Council to prevent possible sanctions or military intervention against the Syrian government, and Russia continued supplying large amounts of arms that Syria had earlier contracted to buy. Earlier this year, Russia suggested that the Syrian Civil War had partly been caused by the US and Western allies, pushing for a "so-called" democratic revolution by "so-called" moderate Syrian opposition groups, and called for a united front with Syria against ISIS. Since September this year Russia has a military presence in Syria, carrying out airstrikes to help the Syrian government retake territory.
On Thursday December 3rd SIB Amsterdam will organise a lecture on the role of the Russian Federation in the Syrian conflict. Together with a panel of experts we will discuss the strategy, motives and legal aspects of the subject.
Interested? Come join us at 20:00h in the Theaterzaal in CREA!
- Amsterdam: Lecture: Russia's war in Syria: Strategy, motives and legal aspects
- Crea, nieuwe achtergracht 170, Amsterdam
- 3 december 2015 om 20:00