With the Syrian civil war becoming more brutal and more confusing, there is a growing sense that, should President Bashar al-Assad fall, some sort of international peacekeeping force will be needed to prevent Syria from descending into worse chaos. A Syrian mission would be complicated, with a high risk of casualties. For a number of reasons, European forces could play a role in making it possible.

The Continentalist: Postwar Syria Will Be Europe's Problem

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Editor's note: Ulrike Guérot is on a two-week break. Guest columnist Richard Gowan will be writing the Continentalist while she is gone.

The Syrian civil war is becoming simultaneously more brutal and more confusing. As the battle for Aleppo has dragged on and diplomatic efforts to forge a peace deal have been derailed, it has been hard to assess whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime are close to collapse or able to sustain a protracted war. Yet there is a growing sense that, if and when Assad falls, some sort of international peacekeeping force will likely be needed to prevent Syria from descending into worse chaos. ...

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