Presentation of the Book

The War in Syria: Lessons for the West

October 29, 13.45 

National Library of Latvia

Is the European Union and US involvement compatible to the challenges that Syria, the wider Middle East and Europe face? What shall the likely EU strategy be in order to resolve the Syrian conflict and to diminish the refugee crisis? What kind of motivation does Russia have when engaging in Syria and what would be the consequences? How can the West effectively neutralise the Daesh propaganda and win the battle for the hearts and souls? These are the questions and answers dealt by the authors – an international team, comprising the experts from Latvia, Germany, UK, Poland, USA and Turkey.

The new book will be presented by its co-editors – the CEEPS’s Executive director Andis Kudors, Member of the European Parliament Artis Pabriks and two of the book’s authors – media expert Liz Wahl and professor Julian Lindley-French under the guidance of the moderator, CEEPS’s researcher, who is also a co-author of the book, Māris Cepurītis.


Programme for the event: 


Moderator – Māris Cepurītis, Researcher at the Centre for East European Policy Studies (CEEPS), co-author of the book.


13.45 Opening address by and Andis Kudors, Executive Director of the CEEPS, co-editor of the book and Elisabeth Bauer, Head of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung office for the Baltic States and Scandinavia

14.00 Main conclusions by authors of the book

Lessons of War and What Should be Done by Western Governments

Dr. Artis Pabriks, Member of the European Parliament, co-editor of the book

Can Europe Apply Grand Strategy to Grand Tragedy?

Professor Julian Lindley-French, Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association

Russia’s Propaganda on the War in Syria

Liz Wahl, former correspondent and anchor for the US branch of RT TV


The working language will be English. Live stream will be available on: and

The research has been carried out with with support of the Group of the European People's Party in the European Parliament and Konrad Adenauer Foundation.


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