SyriaHot Spots in Global Politics
Hot Spots in Global Politics 2. Aufl.
With more than 500,000 people killed and at least half the population displaced, Syria’s conflict is the most deadly of the twenty-first century. Russia’s decision to join the war has broken the long military and political stalemate but it looks unlikely to deliver any of the core demands that spawned the original uprising against the Ba’athist regime. In this fully revised second edition of his acclaimed text, Samer Abboud provides an in-depth analysis of Syria’s descent into civil war, the subsequent stalemate, and the consequences of Russian military involvement after 2015. He unravels the complex and multi-layered drivers of the conflict and demonstrates how rebel fragmentation, sustained regime violence, international actors, and the emergence of competing centers of power tore Syria apart in wholly irreversible ways. A resolution to the Syrian catastrophe seems to have emerged in the aftermath of Russia’s intervention, but, as Abboud argues, this “authoritarian peace” contains the seeds of continued and future conflict in Syria. While the Assad regime has so far survived, the instability, violence, and insecurity that continue to shape everyday life for the Syrian people portend an uncertain future that will have repercussions on the wider Middle East for years to come.
Introduction Chapter One: The Rise and Fall of the Ba'ath Party Chapter Two: The Syrian Uprising Chapter Three: Continued violence and the emergence of armed opposition Chapter Four: Before AleppoÉStalemate and Fragmentation Chapter Five: After AleppoÉBreaking the Stalemate Conclusion: The Coming Authoritarian Peace References
Samer Abboud’s Syria is an indispensable reference on the uprising and brutal conflict that have raged in Syria since 2011. Abboud is masterful in providing an account that is at once accessible, balanced and analytically sophisticated. He explains clearly how a wartime order took hold in Syria after 2011, who its key actors are, their roles in the conflict, and how the likely imposition of an ‘authoritarian peace’ under the Assad regime is unlikely to deliver either stability or security to a country ravaged by violence.” Steven Heydemann, Smith College “This second edition of Abboud’s small classic carries his valuable analysis forward. Bringing together the phases and dimensions of the Syrian conflict in a uniquely convincing and comprehensive way, Abboud explores how the failure of diplomacy left a stalemate, and how the stalemate was broken by Russian intervention, and yet today the conflict remains frozen but not resolved.” Raymond Hinnebusch, University of St Andrews
Samer N. Abboud is Associate Professor of International Studies at the Department of Historical and Political Studies, Arcadia University
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