Comments written by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein himself provide an informed viewpoint on crucial geopolitical issues. Sometimes challenging and always thought-provoking, these brief commentaries take a stance that stimulate debate.
Success needs compromise in Syrian peace talks
Successful peace conferences about ongoing conflicts have always started with talks. Montreux in Switzerland was the venue for initial peace talks and a transition plan for Syria involving opposing sides in the Syrian civil war. But this was bound to fail as it began with the Syrian government and its main political opposition, the National Coalition, taking entrenched positions. If two conflicting parties really want peace – not just the total surrender of the other party – then talk and compromises are necessary.
Defence is crucial for Europe
There is widespread conviction in political circles that while local and regional warfare occurs across the globe, large-scale wars will not erupt. This conviction is based on the assumption that the legitimacy of many current regimes is based solely on improving the living conditions of their populations rather than on democracy, ideology or traditional legitimacy and accountability. But what happens if regimes which lack legitimacy fail to satisfy the expectations of their populations when ‘reforms’ are unsuccessful?