Syrian Talks Failed, But Action Still Needed

With the collapse of the Geneva II talks, the international community is left with several pressing concerns, not least among them is what to do with the individuals evacuated from the besieged town of Homs.

According to The Wall Street Journal, about a third of the nearly 1,160 people evacuated from Homs between Friday and Monday were immediately detained by Syrian authorities.

“The U.N. said about 400 men between the ages of 15 and 54 were detained by Syrian authorities as presumed combatants as soon as they came out of the old quarter of Homs, which regime forces have bombarded for more than 18 months. The governor of Homs, who represents the regime, put the number at 330.”

Many feel that despite the failure at Geneva that something must be done as Syrian government forces have continued to target civilians, hospitals and other non-combatants.

The harsh reality is that much of what the UN does will be determined by Russia, which has continuously blocked efforts to hold Syria to account.

Julie Lenarz and Michael Miner write that “time and unrelenting tragedy has allowed for increasing clarity of the dangers transcending borders and the illusion of geography” in Syria as more than seven thousand foreign fighters flood into the country.

What happens to these individuals in the coming years is not irrelevant. In fact, they contend, it is extremely important.

“Where and what these nonstate actors choose to do following any sort of conclusion to major hostilities should greatly concern the United States and its Western allies. This is a lesson the West has learned before, tragically so. Learning it again is a result every policy maker in Washington and London should be doing their utmost to avoid.

“Regardless of how the conflict in Syria ends, these individuals, organizations, and ideologies may very well turn to examine who supported what side or whom failed to support the winners or losers,” they write.

Globalization In The Age Of The Internet
In a Huffington Post article, Katsuaki Sato looks at globalization in the coming decade and his belief that there are “changes under way throughout the world that were far wider in scope and far more momentous” than he anticipated in 2013, including changes related to globalization.

He makes the argument that globalization was a proposal designed for developed countries to seek additional growth opportunities abroad. However, he says a paradox in globalization.

“Actually, when a nation exports its industries with the aim of achieving steady economic growth and the private sector begins to operate internationally, there tends to be less reason, in fact, for the nation itself to exist as a unit,” asserts Sato.

 

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