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Syria, What Now?

Syrie, et maintenant ?

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After more than two years of conflict, more than 100,000 deaths, two million refugees and five million displaced people, the pace of events in Syria has accelerated over the summer. What are the diplomatic perspectives following the U.S.- Russian deal on the dismantling of Syrian chemical weapons? How will the internal conflict develop, whose outcome looks ever more uncertain? This seminar aims to grasp a better understanding of the relevant stakeholders" positions, and to shed light on the potential diplomatic and military options.


14.00-15.30: External Actors: France, Turkey and Russia in the Syrian crisis

France: too adamant for Europe? Philippe Setton, Representative to the Political and Security Committee (PSC), Permanent Representation of France to the EU

Turkey: death of a brilliant diplomacy? Dorothée Schmid, Head of the Contemporary Turkey Programme, Ifri

Russia: an unshakable consistency? Julien Nocetti, Research Fellow in the Russia/NIS Centre, Ifri

Chair: Vivien Pertusot, Head of Ifri Brussels

15.30-15.45: Coffee break

15.45-17.00: Which ways out of the crisis?

Diplomatic negotiations: any chance of success? Denis Bauchard, Special Adviser for the Middle East, Ifri

Is the military option still on the table? Etienne de Durand, Director of the Security Studies Centre, Ifri

Chair: Dominique David, Executive Vice-President, Ifri

Ifri has recently published two Notes de l'Ifri on Syria:

Syrie: la bascule diplomatique, Denis Bauchard, Mansouria Mokhefi, Philippe Moreau Defarges, Laurence Nardon, Julien Nocetti, Vivien Pertusot, Dorothée Schmid, Note de l'Ifri, September 2013

Syrie, l'option militaire reste-t-elle ouverte? Corentin Brustlein, Etienne de Durand, Guillaume Garnier, Marc Hecker, Elie Tenenbaum, Note de l'Ifri, September 2013

The event will be held in French. Participants will be able to ask questions in both French and English.

Conseil Central de l'Economie, Avenue d'Auderghem 20, Salle 6 - 1040 Bruxelles
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