In working with the Atlantic Treaty Association, I do not work with the European Union in any direct capacity, however I have been following the current international crisis posed by the Syrian civil war very closely. By watching the news and discussing the conflict with coworkers and my host family, I’ve been gaining a deeper understanding of the European position toward western intervention in this conflict.
Recently, the EU decided to allow, with limitations, member states to supply arms to Syrian rebel armies. This is a huge step in both the Syrian conflict and in EU policy. Most interestingly, it speaks to the relationship of EU versus member state power with regard to international security. Given this, I would like to take a deeper look into where this decision came from and how it came about. What I find most interesting about this subject is that all players involved, whether it’s the France, Britain, EU or Russia, all actors seem to be motivated first and foremost by political potentials. I, personally, find this extremely disappointing and would like to possibly present an alternative to this “political” policy choice that may be more effective in terms of global security.
When given the opportunity, I would like to present a mix of both historical and prescriptive policy analysis as I feel that this topic is current enough that any prescription would require adequate background analysis to be fully informed.