The Syrian civil war entered its tenth year with the government of President Bashar al-Assad appearing to be consolidating his hold on power, backed by crucial military and political support from Russia and Iran. Meanwhile, the European Union still has not found a position which will help to bring a resolution of the conflict. The EU is in a vulnerable situation – both internally and externally. It has yet found a coherent response to deal with terrorist attacks and the continuing influx of the refugees. Your task is to assess the coherence of the EU’s short- to medium-term response to this crisis. Support your argument with examples and theoretical concepts you have learned this week.