Table of Contents: I. Downward Spiral. – II. Security provider. - III. Humanitarian assistant. – IV. Mediator. – V. Transitional justice supporter.
Abstract: Driven by the recognition that more needs to be done, the Council of Ministers adopted a new EU Strategy for Syria on the eve of the April 2017 Brussels donor. This Overview explores the potential of, and limits to, the different roles of the EU in the pursuit of its own (constitutional) objectives and respect for international law.
Keywords: European Union – Syria – security – humanitarian aid – mediation – transitional justice.
* Head of EU Foreign Policy at the Brussels-based think tank CEPS, Professor at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) of the University of Amsterdam, and member of the board of the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) email@example.com.