Mag. Ralph Schöllhammer in The Jerusalem Post: US Retreat from Syria reveals Europe's Weakness as Global Actor

In his op-ed published in the Jerusalem Post on January 8th 2019, Mag. Ralph Schöllhammer, Lecturer in the IR Department at WVPU, discusses the retreat of US troops from Syria and Europe's absence as a player in the emerging power vacuum. 

The US retreat from Syria has led to speculations who will fill the emerging power vacuum, but the most likely candidates are Russia, Turkey and Iran. One player, however, is conspicuously absent in these discussions: The European Union. Although the EU has geopolitical interests in the Middle East that are equal to those of the aforementioned countries, nobody is seriously expecting Brussels to deepen its footprint in the region.

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