The Syrian conflict. (c2014)

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dc.contributor.author Ortiz, Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-26T08:46:38Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-26T08:46:38Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01-26
dc.date.submitted 2014-02-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/1891
dc.description Bibliography: leaves 154-169. en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines power relations in the security vacuum created by the Syrian conflict. The conflicting nature of Syrian domestic politics has created a political stalemate that needs outside support to be resolved. Inaction on the part of the greater international community has allowed for regional powers to become highly entrenched in the conflict. Regional involvement and the demographics of Syrian parties have been used by popular mediums to describe the conflict as sectarian by nature. The central point of this thesis is to show that the veneer of sectarianism by all parties, both Syrian and regional, is primarily a by-product of competitive self-interest. This is done by showing that the relationships made between Syrian groups and their patrons are based on self-interest and the utility provided in these temporary unions. The seminal political theories of Locke and Hobbes concerning the foundations of political power show the Syrian groups to be acting upon political necessity, not sect. The ambitions of regional powers are analyzed through realist theory to explain power relations in an unregulated political environment both in Syria and in the region. As such nations must act upon their own initiative to dictate their security. This thesis rejects sectarianism as an explanation for regional politics in the Syrian conflict. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Syria -- History -- Civil War, 2011- en_US
dc.subject Arab Spring, 2010- en_US
dc.subject Syria -- Politics and government -- 21st century en_US
dc.subject Power (Social sciences) -- Syria en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title The Syrian conflict. (c2014) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle through the lens od realpolitik en_US
dc.term.submitted Fall en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201101296 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Marwan Rowayheb
dc.author.commembers Dr. Samo Baroudi
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.author.department MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 hard copy: xii, 169 leaves; 31 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division International Affairs en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Imad Salamey
dc.keywords Syrian conflict en_US
dc.keywords Arab Spring en_US
dc.keywords Proxy War en_US
dc.keywords Realpolitik en_US
dc.keywords Realist political theory en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2014.1 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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