The War in Syria: Manifestation of Regional and Global Transformations (By Madeleine Mezagopian)

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The War in Syria: Manifestation of Regional and Global Transformations

 

To detect the regional and global implications of the more than two years of violent developments in Syria warrants an accurate definition of these developments. Borrowing the classifications of conflicts by relevant scholars (Harbom, 2004; Stewart & Brow, 2007; Pettersson & Themner, 2009), a definition of the war in Syria can be formulated as follows:

 

With number of deaths exceeding 1000 and involving arms on both sides, the armed conflict in Syria represents a war between parties with incompatibility over the political system. Further the war is

–          Intra-state war

–          Moved from being one-sided violence to conflict between organized parties: state and non-state actors

–          Secondary non-warring support extended by neighbouring and super power states

–          Revolutionary War

–          War for autonomy (Kurds and dismantling of Syria)

–          War to gain supremacy by Islam Fundamentalists

–          War…

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