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The Uprising of the Marginalised: A Socio-Economic Perspective into the Collapse of the Ba'ath Rule in Syria

More than three years into the Syrian uprising, the socio-economic roots of the protests movement that later became one of the bloodiest conflicts in the recent history of the Middle East are being observed. Contrary to some “Arab Spring” countries, the Syrian uprising has been an uprising of the marginalised with a strong role of poorer segments in society, especially in rural areas and in areas with a high concentration of rural-to-urban migrants. In this lecture, Shamel Azmeh aims at contributing to a better understanding of this through examining the socio-economic formula that underlined the rule of the Ba’ath party in Syria for four decades, as well as how a combination of internal and external shifts that started in the 1990s and intensified in the 2000s led to the erosion of this compromise, providing the background of the events that began in 2011.

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Event Details

Speaker: Dr Shamel Azmeh, LSE
Chair: Professor Toby Dodge, LSE
Date:  Monday 24 November 2014
Time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Event Hashtag: #LSEAzmeh
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry.



Shamel Azmeh is Fellow at the Department of International Development at LSE and Visiting Fellow at Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester. His research looks into processes of development in the context of broader shifts in the global economy with a focus on the MENA region.


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