|Author (Person)||Burke, Edward|
|Series Title||CER Bulletin|
|Series Details||No.84, June - July 2012|
|Publication Date||June 2012|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
Western policy towards Syria is a mess and needs to be rethought before it is too late. Lebanon is sliding into conflict and jihadist and other extremist groups have increased their presence in both countries.
The Gulf states, with tacit US support, have started arming Islamist militant groups of which they have limited knowledge and control. Meanwhile, UN peacekeepers in South Lebanon say that they see the conflict in Syria spilling over to the Lebanese border with Israel. Under President Sarkozy, France was unable to exert influence in Lebanon or Syria – countries where Paris used to have significant clout. President Hollande can do better.
|Countries / Regions||Europe, France, Middle East|