Michael Stephens comes back on the show to discuss the United Kingdom’s efforts to fight the Islamic State in Syria, as well as the latest developments in the diplomatic process seeking to bring an end to the conflict. Some of the topics covered include:
- Background on UK foreign policy towards the conflict in Syria over the past few years
- The scars of the Iraq war and how they influence the perception of the conflict in Syria
- The unique military capabilities that the UK brings to the anti-IS coalition
- The need to separate UK and European domestic security issues and the fight against IS held territory
- Why the UK is unlikely to increase its role in Syria, such as sending ground troops
- The recent UN Security Council resolution on Syria
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