Complicated and Continuous: the Syrian Conflict in the Middle East

The conflicts in the Middle East are happening at the same time but not all in one place. Syria and Iraq have had to deal with the ISIS also known as the Islamic State for a long time. In Syria, several reasons that have caused conflict there include attacks from ISIS, proxy wars and more. ISIS has caused the deaths of thousands and the displacement of huge amounts of people. An article from BBC News went into details of how the Islamic State grew in Iraq and Syria. The Islamic States has goals of expanding control of territory and as it expands it would bring violence and conflict into other places as well. ISIS has definitely caused destruction and chaos in the places it has been so much in which now European are trying to figure how to deal with the massive numbers of migrants coming in. This conflict is important to what we discussed in class in regards to has war decreased in the years after World War II. This is could also be tied to how countries choose to cooperate or not with one another. The conflict in Syria has been going on for such a long that I believe that people should worry not only about the United States’ involvement but also for the massive amount of violations against humanity happening.

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Claude Salhani from the Huffington Post argues that conflict in Syria and other countries in the Middle East stems the various complex relationships that countries there have with one another. From looking at the chart above from an article from the Economist, one could understand what Salhani is arguing could be true. In an article from the Vox, a timeline is provided on the events since 1920s until about July 2015 that led to conflict currently going on. Religious divides have caused a lot of the conflict but, changes in the political stances have also led to issues. This also reflects what the chart above is showing.This chart reflects how there are various relationships to be observed. Syria has been dealing with this for some time and has definitely been affected by ISIS’s attacks and the political instability in the area. At the same time, questions remain in my head as to why it has not been able to be solved yet. Many countries know about the severity of this conflict and I wonder if eventually more severe measures such as a full scale war will be taken. The continuity of these conflicts is what has many people confused and questioning why it has not come to an end. How many more deaths and how much more destruction will happen until this all finally comes to a stop?

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One thought on “Complicated and Continuous: the Syrian Conflict in the Middle East

  1. In this article, the long continuity of conflicts in Syria, the complexity of the situation in Middle East, and some questions are mainly stated. One of the answer of question why the conflicts has not come to an end could be the complexity of the situation in Middle East. If you look at a graph attached in the post, there are a lot of main actors in the graph, which are United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia leading the Arabic countries. This makes it difficult for countries to cope with the conflicts in Syria because countries will be careful about the tension, for example, USA would not take a careless action at Syria due to Russia, allying with Syria. Also, some countries in Middle East are divided into several groups, like Egypt, Iraq, and Libya, which makes the situation in Middle East difficult to cope with or cooperate. Personally, I think it is difficult for nations to deal with these problems because profits and some national interests are,to some extent, involved in these actions. Instead of nations,non-profit organizations, like ICRC and MSF, could play an important roles in dealing with the conflicts.


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