On the 23 of June this year, 52% of the British electorate voted in favour of leaving the European Union (EU). This decision, however, revealed the divisive nature of the referendum topic.
The Canterbury Christ Church University’s Politics and International Relations team has invited Professor Alain Dieckhoff to take this year’s European Review of International Studies (ERIS) Lecture on 4 November at 6pm.
This post summarises the PhD thesis of Dr Philipp Köker, Senior Research Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University, which recently won the prestigious ECPR Jean Blondel Prize 2016 for the best thesis in Politics. Read the press release or download the full study here.
Building Inclusive Peace in Syria – A Critical Appraisal of the Executive Framework for a Political Solution
As fighting has resumed in many parts of Syria, the optimism felt by many in mid-September when a cease fire ended most of the violence, has vanished. With American and Russian diplomats locking heads over the bombardment of government troops and a UN convoy in Syria, it seems that a return to the negotiation table is unlikely in the foreseeable future. However, as US President Obama has recently reiterated, there will not be a military end to the conflict in Syria. Instead, diplomatic efforts need to result in a comprehensive cease fire, which will lay the foundations for peace negotiations and a new post-war order in Syria.