As the discussions about ISIS go further without reaching any agreement, two nations have worked on resolutions that may lead nowhere. Germany and the United Kingdom both made resolutions with very conflicting ideas, and Italy was the only nation that made an effort to try to conciliate and merge the two. However, it is impossible for Italy to reach a common ground when no one is willing to compromise. The US is not open to non-military actions and Germany won’t give up its ideas, even if its proposals only reach long term.
The United Kingdom suggested almost totally military actions, but NATO funds are low and armies are expensive. So its resolutions state that the actions combine a few NATO forces with a lot of local forces, especially the Kurdish forces. Kurdish people are eager to help, but the UK is facing difficulties trying not to interfere directly in the Kurdish- Iraq tension, alleging that they are against Kurds independence and adopting a neutral position. The UK is also proposing an economic change in the economic policy towards Middle Eastern nations, such as limiting the sending of NATO troops and taking economic sanctions so as to limit the influx of resources ISIS and its affiliates receive.
Germany, on the other hand, only focus on long-term solutions and non-military actions. This resolution consisted primarily in cybersecurity measures, with intelligence sharing among all NATO members, creating a huge database for every important information each of the countries has, and also a program to tackle down ISIS service of intelligence and its recruitment adds. It also presented measures to adopt economic sanctions (a point both the resolutions had in common). The resolution presented support for humanitarian aid organizations, too. Germany, along with the Netherlands, held the nonmilitary position very strongly, alleging that ISIS would be defeated if its ideology was defeated. For this, they proposed once more the cutting of ISIS funds, an embargo, so it would stop growing economically and classes of religious tolerance in schools worldwide. This was not given much attention inside the committee, but Italy agreed on this matter.
Italy was not a sponsor of any of the resolutions but was a signatory to both. Which was smart because the voting for a resolution has to be unanimous. So when other nations were fighting about taking or not military actions and going nowhere, Italy was trying to negotiate a common ground, focusing on similar articles by both resolutions. Italy stated that one of the most difficult topics nations are going to have to settle in is the allocation of refugees. Italy believes that some countries, such as Poland, will have a hard time discussing the matter.
It is explicit that an agreement is far from being reached. but hopefully with Italy’s efforts and UK and Germany being more flexible, a resolution can be settled.