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    Canadian political scientist Christian Leuprecht suggests that as European countries invoke emergency anti-terror measures at home and launch airstrikes against ISIL in the Middle East, they are "reaching the limits of what they can do" in fighting terrorism. Therefore, cooperation with Russia to end the crises in the ME region is an absolute must.

    Speaking to by Radio Sputnik, Leuprecht, a professor of political science at the Royal Military College of Canada and Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, noted that "there are common concerns about the threat to our national security and the extent to which those threats are causing constitutional democracies such as France to take exceptional extraordinary measures in terms of curtailing civil liberties."

     

    The analyst warned that ultimately, "these can only be short term measures, because we cannot live in a state of emergency for an indefinite period of time."

    As a result, Leuprecht notes that Russia is "an important partner for the West, with Syria being "a perfect example of why it is important for Western powers and Russia to cooperate closely on matters of international security."

    The expert noted that Russia and the Western powers seem to have come to a broad agreement on the need for the "institutions of the Syrian state" to "remain intact, because if they don't we see the sort of challenges we have in Libya and Iraq." 

    At the same time, however, "we also have some differences, potentially with regards to the effort to have democratic, constitutional measures and being able to ensure that these become politically viable, multiethnic, multicultural bases in which power both political and economic is effectively shared by all parties of the population that share those territories."

    Unfortunately, Leuprecht admitted that there is a sense of "ambivalence" between Moscow and Tehran on the one hand, and Washington, the Europeans and Riyadh on the other, over the fate of Bashar Assad, with the Saudis especially refusing "any sort of solution that continues to have a prevailing Iranian presence."

    Commenting on the measures taken by countries including France and Britain following Friday's attacks in Paris, the expert warned that this may be a matter "of states and constitutional democracies grasping at straws in terms of what to do."

    "Countries like Britain and France have long-standing histories of having to deal with and fight terrorism," Leuprecht noted. "They have very effective security intelligence services. France has just passed a very expansive surveillance law that is sometimes compared to the Patriot Act, and all that notwithstanding, we still saw the sort of attacks we saw on Friday in Paris."

    Ultimately the analyst believes that "all this shows that states are really reaching the limits of what it is they can do. And so the response is that while we send in military might and we drop some ordinance and we suspend civil liberties, all of this at best will get us some short-term tactical gains. The long-term strategy has to be to douse the sort of fuel that gives rise to this violent expression of Islamic extremism to begin with."

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    Middle East, Daesh, anti-terrorism, terror, civil liberties, terrorism, Christian Leuprecht, Bashar al-Assad, Syria, Britain, United States, Russia, France
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