This event and book launch will explore the contemporary dynamics in Syria, positioned within its historical context. The panel will discuss the state’s regional alliances and the state-society relations.
Dr Francesco Belcastro, author of Syrian Foreign Policy: The Alliances of a Regional Power, will examine the ruptures and continuities in the Syrian state’s foreign alliances. Based on his research on the years of Ba’athist rule between 1963 and 1989, he will contextualise his analyses within recent political developments to reflect on the country’s current foreign policy and its regional and domestic implications.
Dr Haian Dukhan, author of State and Tribes in Syria: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns, will discuss the relationship between the authoritarianism and tribalism in Syria and how this shaped the role of the tribes in the current civil war.
Professor Raymond Hinnebusch, one of the most prominent historians on Syria and author of The War for Syria, will speak on the impact of global and regional powers in instigating the conflict in Syria, particularly focusing on the motives and strategies of key foreign actors, as well as the impact of the Syrian conflict on regional and international inter-state relations and alliances.
Francesco Belcastro (@DrFrancescoBelc) is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Derby. He is also a Fellow at the Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. His main areas of research are the politics of the Levant (particularly Syria and Israel-Palestine), foreign policy, regional and international security and civil wars. He is also interested in 'sport and politics' with particular reference to the case of Israel and Palestine.
Dr Haian Dukhan (@DukhanHaian) holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. Haian is currently working on research project at the University of St Andrews on the instrumentalisation of sectarianism by the regime, the opposition, extremist groups and competing external powers in the Syrian conflict.
Professor Raymond Hinnebusch is a Professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at the University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland. He is Founder and Director of the Centre for Syrian Studies. His works on Syria includes Peasant and Bureaucracy in Ba`thist Syria: The Political Economy of Rural Development(Westview Press, 1989); The Syrian-Iranian Alliance: Middle Powers in a Penetrated Regional System ( Routledge, 1997); Syria: Revolution from above (Routledge: 2001); Turkey-Syria Relations: between Enmity and Amity (Ashgate Publishers, 2013); Syria: From Reform to Revolt: Politics and International Relations(Syracuse University Press, 2014); and The Syrian Uprising: Volume 1: Origins and Early Trajectories,(London and NY: Routledge Publishers, 2018).
Dr. Rim Turkmani (@Rim_Turkmani) is the Research Director for the Conflict Research Programme work in Syria. Dr. Turkmani is based in the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at the LSE.
This event is part of the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), a four year research programme managed by the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at the LSE. The goal is to understand and analyse the nature of contemporary conflict and to identify international interventions that ‘work’ in the sense of reducing violence or contributing more broadly to the security of individuals and communities who experience conflict.
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