Unrest, War, and a Crisis that Decimates Civilians

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The current threat in the Middle East is one of great concern for many individuals across the globe. The presence of such intense fighting in this particular Syrian region is causing millions of refugees to scramble for the boarder in hopes to escape the fighting and find refuge for themselves and their families in the European and Mediterranean locales they have run off to. The reporter in this instance, Jeremy Bowen, has spent time with the Dictator Assad commanded Syrian military in Damascus and has come to the conclusion that their morale is strong and they are in it for the long haul of the conflict. They are also receiving assistance from  Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. Russia is providing military support , Iran is giving financial aid, and terrorist organization Hezbollah are assisting through providing combatants to assist on the Lebanese boarder. Because of this fighting between Syria and its allies and the various rebel groups such as the terrorists/jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISL) the migration of more than half of the Syrian population has left the country in shambles and most people present within the region are essentially combatants hell-bent on fighting for their own cause.

This breaking moment in news and Middle Eastern history is incredibly important to follow because of the United States’ previous history of military action in the Middle East, there could be unfortunate developments in this situation where as a country we would have to make our way over to this particular region to aid the innocent civilians being displaced by the conflict and/or begin military operations to fend off terror threats that might cause concern for national U.S. security or the security of our allies. As a whole any news of conflict in the Middle East might seem fairly regular but it is no less important to observe for the sake of innocents in foreign nations or our own military and humanitarian agencies.

As a whole this unfortunate situation could be related to a reading in class, International Relations: Principle Theories written by Marie Slaughter. This piece displays the thought process or theoretical mindset adopted by nations throughout their history of existence and how people might assess their actions. Nations, as expressed by the article could fall into several categories of interaction: Realism, Liberalism, Institutionalism, Constructivism, and the English School. After my personal assessment of what is occurring in Syria at the moment, Institutionalism seems to be the most appropriate theory to attribute to what is going on in this situation. As shown in the article and throughout other news sources and historical references these nations are very self interested and anarchic as a whole. However, despite this self interest, greater efficiency could be found in allying with other nations. This is exemplified with Syria allying with Russia, Hezbollah, and Iran. Inter-state cooperation is, as a whole, possible. Despite some of these groups not being true “states”, Hezbollah and ISIS, they do have qualities of a nation and can essentially be regarded as such.

With the conflicts and refugee migrations being large news topics as of late it is incredibly important to understand what exactly is going on in this region and how this could affect the inter and intra-state relations between these nations and other world nations getting involved voluntarily or involuntarily and how it could influence global politics and future war/conflict.

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4 thoughts on “Unrest, War, and a Crisis that Decimates Civilians

  1. I think that as long as other countries support directly the Syrian people to subvert the government with weapons in haste, this problem cannot be resolved after a lot of casualties, but at the same time, from the long historical viewpoint, it is also difficult to come to a settlement without any aid. We have not to make haste to adjudicate this problem, but rather we need to take time to bake up people in indirect way such as NGO. So, I think Constructivism is also helpful to understand this turmoil.


  2. I agree, institutionalism would be appropriate for this problem. Indeed cooperation with these various states is crucial to resolving the problem. But I think the U.S. needs to be the leader of such a coalition because of our large military power and in this case in particular our soft power, which would provide great humanitarian assistance


  3. I agree that as long as the Syrian regime is receiving support from other countries such as Iran and Russia, there is no end in sight for Syria. The conflict in Syria has creating a power vacuum, that has many different groups other then the Syrian government fighting for control. The fact that there are so many different groups fighting within the country is the most alarming. The U.S. really hasn’t responded to what the Syrian government is doing, but only with ISIS. That is a problem because when the U.S. is only dealing with ISIS, they are only fighting part of the problem. The crisis in Syria has a long way to go before people even think it has a chance of getting better


  4. This conflict has been at the forefront of international news for years now. With so many countries supporting each side, the question is how long would it have lasted if the international community had not put so much money and weapons into it? Is all of the foreign aid actually prolonging the conflict and should other nations be trying to influence them as strongly as they are?


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