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Syria Has Developed Into The World’s Worst Ongoing Humanitarian And Security Disaster

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: EP}

European Parliament Think Tank









The civil war in Syria has developed into the world’s worst ongoing humanitarian and security disaster.

An estimated 250,000 people have been killed during four and a half years of hostilities, and over 11 million people have been forced out of their homes.

The war has contributed to the expansion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) controlled by a jihadi, extremist militant group.

With an estimated 4 million Syrians having left the country, the conflict has also fueled a refugee crisis in neighboring countries including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt, as well as Europe.

The ongoing fighting has exposed the inability of the international community to resolve the conflict. According to many analysts, the civil war has now turned into a full-blown proxy war involving regional and global powers, as highlighted most recently by Russia’s open military intervention.

The European Union is a staunch supporter of a political solution to the conflict.

This note provides links to recent commentaries, studies and reports from major international think tanks on the Syrian conflict.

Please Read: information compiled by the European Parliamentary Research Service

Author: Marcin Grajewski, Strategy and Coordination Unit


[photo credits: “Palmyra, Syria – 2” by James Gordon from Los Angeles, California, USA – Palmyra, Syria. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons –,_Syria_-_2.jpg#/media/File:Palmyra,_Syria_-_2.jpg]




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