Blogs

29 Aug 2013

War rhetoric in the media this week seemed to imply the impending end of Syria’s Assad regime and the spread of Syria’s civil war into a larger regional conflict, while key players carefully chose their words to try to emphasise the limits of conflict, and responses to any breach, writes Arthur Bernhoff, an international affairs analyst currently based in Beirut.

29 Aug 2013

David Cameron made a toned-down appeal for "action" against Syria in the House of Commons today, as many MPs expressed scepticism and then voted against his proposals.

29 Aug 2013

"International law says that military action must be taken after a decision by the Security Council," says the joint UN-Arab League Envoy for Syria.

29 Aug 2013

Starting with a citation from a distinguished Mennonite scholar who constructively engaged Just War perspectives from a pacifist Christian one, Catholic theological ethicist Tobias Winright sets out the issues in relation to the current crisis over Syria. He does not see how military intervention can be morally justified on the full range of criteria.

29 Aug 2013

Christian Aid, which has extensive contacts in the region, is warning of the humanitarian consequences of escalating military action in Syria.

29 Aug 2013

The use of chemical weapons in Syria is a stark reminder of the appalling impact that the war is having on millions, says Catholic aid agency CAFOD.

29 Aug 2013

Pope Francis has called for an end to the fighting in Syria, and for moves towards diplomatic and political rather than military solutions in the region.