Issue Brief on “Syrian Crisis and The Ineffectiveness of the UN”


Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the international community, as well as the United Nations has time and again expressed their outrage and strongly condemned the atrocities taking place in Syria. However, the powerlessness and redundancy of the United Nations in this regard has been a very important factor which cannot be overlooked. The collective failures of the United States, Russia, France and other regional players involved, as well as the ineptitude of the UN have all been instrumental in exacerbating the situation.

The story of the United Nations’ connection with the Syrian conflict is a very significant one. Despite the Geneva peace talks on Syria which started in 2017 between the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition under the auspices of the UN, the organization has failed to stop the bloodshed in the war-torn country. Moreover, the Syrian conflict in which some 400,000 people have died, five million have become refugees and 13.5 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, deserves thorough analysis and attention by the world body.

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