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Reply To: How, if at all, did this course shape or change your perception of the ongoing Syrian Civil War?

AvatarAlie Brand

The following aspects shape my knowledging and understanding of Syria and the ongoing war:

For thousands of years, the area called Syria witnessed chronic rivalry between empires that dominated the Near East. This led to huge ethnic and religious diversity that can be seen in Syria today.

In a sense Syria and Lebanon’s histories are inextricably connected and have many similarities. Ex: diverse religious communities, involvement from external communities, instability, and political corruption.

Bashar Assad government brought war with devastating consequences: 6 million Syrian refugees live outside the country / 6 million are internally displaced peoples; economic sanctions which impacted the already suffering population – and created space for terrorist states like Russia, China and Iran to provide “help” Assad is a dictator and has a terrible history of the arrest and jailing of prominent political activists.

I fully agree with the presenter: The path forward for Syria involves addressing the
continuing terrorism problem, resettling refugees, and establishing a political system
rooted in principles of pluralism and secularism. A future without Assad.