“The Syrian Safe Zone and International Laws”, Bríd Ní Ghráinne (IIR, Czech Republic)

Bríd Ní Ghráinne, senior researcher of the Institute of International Relations, published new policy brief called The Syrian Safe Zone and International Law.

On Wednesday 9 October 2019, Turkey launched a cross-border operation in Northern Syria. Turkey justified its actions as a response to an ‘imminent terrorist threat’ from Kurdish-led forces. Its operation was directed at pushing back these groups from its border and creating a ‘safe zone’ in Syria where up to two million Syrian refugees can be resettled. This reflection aims to assess whether the Turkish operation to establish the safe zone was lawful; and whether the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the safe zone is in conformity with international law.

Read the full publication here.