'If we remove Assad, Isis could fill the void' says professor

'If President Assad is removed from Syria, it could empower Isis', says professor

The Syrian conflict continues

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

People might call for the removal of President Assad, but his outsting could simply allow Islamic State to step in and fill the void.

That's according to politics expert Inderjeet Parmar, who spoke to talkRADIO about the fallout from the US airstrike in Syria last week.

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is to travel to Russia to discuss the crisis in Syria and ask the country to abandon Mr Assad, it's long-time ally in Damascus.

But Parmar, professor of international politics at City University London, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that if Assad is knocked out and there is "no other plan in place at all of any form," it will empower his enemies, a lot of whom are linked to Isis.

He also believes that while sanctions "make it look as if you’re doing a great deal," this option isn't that effective and he doesn't see "Russia backing down very easily."

Parmar thinks the generals are calling the shots in America rather than Donald Trump, but handing authority to them is a "double-edged sword." 

Listen to the full interview above