The Syrian Conflict

What began in 2011 with unrest in the wake of the Arab Spring is now a multisided armed conflict fought between government forces and their allies and various forces opposing both the government and each other in varying combinations. These summaries explain how the Syrian conflict came about, what caused it and whose interests are involved.


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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