by Samer N. Abboud


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Syria by Samer N. Abboud

Syria was once one of the Middle Easts most stable states. Today it is a country on its knees. Almost 200,000 people are estimated to have died in its bloody internal conflict and, as the violence intensifies, Syrias future looks bleak.

In this timely book, Samer Abboud provides an in-depth analysis of Syrias descent into civil war. He unravels the complex and multi-layered causes of the current political and military stalemate - from rebel fragmentation to the differing roles of international actors, and the rise of competing centers of power throughout the country. Rebel in-fighting and the lack of a centralizing authority, he contends, have exacerbated Syrias fragmentation and fragility. This, in turn, has aided the survival of the Assad regime, contributed to the upsurge of sectarianism, and led to a major humanitarian crisis as nine million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.

A resolution to the Syrian conflict seems unlikely in the short-term as the major actors remains committed to a military solution. As this situation persists, the continued fighting is reshaping Syrias borders and will have repercussions on the wider Middle East for decades to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745697987
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/26/2015
Series: Hot Spots in Global Politics Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Samer N. Abboud is Associate Professor of International Studies at the Department of Historical and Political Studies, Arcadia University

Table of Contents




Chapter One: The Rise and Fall of the Ba'ath Party

Chapter Two: The Syrian Uprising

Chapter Three: The Emergence of Armed Opposition

Chapter Four: When the World Wades In

Chapter Five: Fragmentation

Chapter Six: The Humanitarian Crisis

Conclusion: Prospects for Resolution


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