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THE STRUGGLE FOR SYRIA IN 2011: AN OPERATIONAL AND REGIONAL ANALYSIS

Joseph Holliday
Copyright Date: Dec. 1, 2011
Pages: 29
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https://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep07928
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    Joseph Holliday

    This paper provides context for understanding the cycles of violence in Syria. The first section provides a brief historical overview of sectarianism in Syria in order to understand its role in the current conflict. The second section provides a framework for understanding the operations and strategy of the Assad regime. The paper then analyzes regime security operations in seven regions: Dera’a province; Damascus; Homs and Hama in central Syria; the coastal region; Idlib province; the Arab east; and the Kurdish northeast. The paper concludes with an examination of regional and international responses to the conflict.

    Sectarian politics in Syria have...