On 27 June 2013 Pugwash convened a half-day consultation on the Syrian crisis. The meeting explored a current overview of the conflict, claims of chemical weapons use, policy options and questions raised by the sending of arms to the various sides in the conflict, and ways in which to increase prospects for a negotiated settlement. The goal was to determine what, if anything, can be done by the international community and through additional Track II dialogue.
“Looking in from the outside, the only clear point is that every participant to the conflict – the insurgents, the regime, Russia, Iran, the West and the rest of the international community – have all so far failed to adequately address the crisis.”
Chair: Paolo Cotta-Ramusino
Rappporteur: Sandra Ionno Butcher
Following the event, Pugwash organized briefing for British Parliamentarians on Syria on 29 August 2013