Examining the international dimensions of the Syrian conflict, this book studies external factors relating to the uprising. It explores the involvement of outside powers and the events’ impact both on regional and international level.
Syria was widely perceived to be essential to the regional power balance, hence it was a valued prize to be fought over. The book examines the impact of global and regional powers in propelling the conflict in Syria; looks at the motives and strategies of the key regional and international actors (Hizbollah, Palestinians; Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, US, Russia, EU) and analyses the impact of the Syrian conflict on key relations between regional states (Turkey-Syria, Turkey-Iran, Iraq-Syria). Finally, several chapters treat the impact on Syria of international sanctions and the "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine (R2P). This book is a follow on to volume one, The Syrian Uprising: domestic origins and early trajectory, eds, Raymond Hinnebusch and Omar Imady (2018). Subsequent volumes will examine the later evolution of the conflict.
Taking an innovative and interdisciplinary approach that seeks to capture the full complexity of the phenomenon, this book contributes significantly to our understanding of the Syrian conflict and will therefore be a valuable resource for anyone studying Middle Eastern Politics.
"This volume is a very important and unique contribution to the current debate on the causes and consequences of the Syrian uprisings and the subsequent conflict, which provides new and original perspectives to our understanding. The editors, who themselves are among the globally leading scholars on Syrian and Middle East politics, have set a very competent team of experts on the various relevant external actors and have put together an edited volume with a clear focus and structure that covers all the relevant external dimensions of the Syrian conflict.” - Morten Valbjørn, Aarhus University, Denmark
1. Thinking about the international factor in the Syrian Crisis Raymond Hinnebusch
2. The Middle East regional security complex and the Syrian civil war Soren Schmidt
3. The International and Regional Battle for Syria Christopher Phillips
4. The Regional Sectarian War and Syria Konstantinos Zarras
5. Hizbullah’s intervention in Syria: Causes and Consequences Adham Saouli
6. Palestinian refugees and the Syrian Uprising: Subjectivities, mobilizations and challenges Valentina Napolitanio
7. Qatar and its rivals in Syria’s conflict Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
8. Saudi Policies in the Syrian Crisis May Darwich
9. Iran and the Syrian civil war Jubin Goodarzi
10. Iraqi-Syrian Relations and the Syrian Uprising Raymond Hinnebusch
11. Turkish-Iranian relations in Syria: between rivalry and engagement Ozden Oktav
12. The 2011 collapse of Syria-Turkish Relations: through a realist- constructivist Lens Marwa Daoudy
13. US policy towards the Syrian Conflict under Obama: Strategic patience and miscalculation Jasmine Gani
14. Russian foreign policy in the early Syrian conflict: traditional factors and the role of Syria in the Kremlin’s wider domestic and international goals Daria Vorobyeva
15. From Russia’s military deployment in Syria to the Astana ProcessNikolay Kozhanov
16. The European Union and Syria: from constructive engagement to marginalization and back? Francesco Cavatorta and Pierre-Michel Turcotte
17. Contextualizing Economic Sanctions on Syria Ferdinand Arslanian
18. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in Syria: a critical analysis of R2P as an interactional process Nour M. el-Kebbi
This series aims to be the major venue for the dissemination of research on modern Syria. Although it will not neglect Syria’s past, the focus is on the current conflict. It showcases work that locates cutting edge empirical research within innovative theoretical frameworks from all disciplines on, for example, social movements, civil wars, intervention, identity conflicts, failed states, post-war reconstruction, authoritarian resilience, and non-state governance.