The Syria Conflict

What began 2011 with unrest in the wake of the Arab Spring, is now a multi-sided armed conflict fought between government forces and their allies and various forces opposing both the government and each other in varying combinations. Read in these summaries how the Syria conflict came about, what were its causes and what are the interests involved.


The Modern History of Syria

James A. Reilly

Lynne Rienner, 2018

America Can’t Do More With Less, and It Shouldn’t Try

Brett McGurk

Foreign Affairs, 2019

At a time of economic hardship, Tehran has provided billions of dollars to help Assad crush Islamist rebels. The question is why.

Karim Sadjadpour

The Atlantic, 2018

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering

Andrew Tabler

The Atlantic, 2018


Robert F. Worth

New York Times Magazine, 2017


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Politico Magazine, 2016

Towards a Regionalized Strategy for a Confederal Country

Michael O’Hanlon

Brookings Institution, 2015

Bashar's Trial by Fire

Flynt Leverett

Brookings Institution Press, 2005


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