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„From Beirut to Baghdad – Konrad’s Journey through the Middle East“ (Episode 5)

Interview with Ibrahim Olabi, a British-Syrian lawyer and human rights activist, on the prosecution of war crimes, the effect of sanctions and Europe's restraint in Syria

„From Beirut to Baghdad ─ Konrad’s Journey through the Middle East“ is a podcast by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s Syria/Iraq-Office. Based in Beirut, the podcast discusses current political issues in the region with the foundation’s on the ground partners in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East. Each episode sheds light on up-to-date political, social and economic topics, and provides insights into life and work from Beirut to Baghdad.

In the fifth episode Ibrahim Olabi depicts his work in and on Syria. He explains why the country evades the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and why Syrian war criminals are being tried before the German court in Koblenz instead.
And, why of all things is the armed Syrian opposition interested in legal advice?
Further, he discusses the topic of sanctions imposed on the Syrian regime and why they did not fulfil their hoped-for results yet.
Lastly, he urges Europe to adopt an unanimous position vis-à-vis the Assad regime and to become aware of its so far untapped sway in the Syrian conflict and leverage on Russia and Iran.


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David Labude

David Labude

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