Five Conundrums: The United States and the Conflict in Syria

Five Conundrums: The United States and the Conflict in Syria
Title:
Five Conundrums: The United States and the Conflict in Syria
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When you read this text, you will reflect on the war and remember how it had been a human tragedy on an inconceivable scale of loss and suffering in civilian life.  Eight (8) years of two U.S. administrations, and supportive allies with foreign policy negotiations that led to continued death and destruction, and an ever-changing political and military landscape across Syria.   You will also gain the historical emphasis that there was an external fighting force diametrically opposed to Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, and his influence with support from Russia that added to America's challenges to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq and al-Assad's powerful regime.

If you engage in foreign affairs policy making, military analysis of the study of Syrian conflict with its complex mix of politics, economic, and military ramifications, this work provides a relatively short, yet informative resource.

From the Institute for National Strategic Studies, the National Defense University research component and Strategic Perspectives series presents a well organized analysis of the fundamental issues impacting the United States' intervention to attempt at resolving as complex, volatile, and multi-national situation as the Syrian dilemma represents.  The crux of the work is focused upon five conundrums, as follows:

  • Conundrum 1: The Paradoxical Consequences of Pressuring the Assad Regime
  • Conundrum 2: The Fatal Limitations of the Syrian Opposition
  • Conundrum 3: When a Partner Force Threatens an Ally
  • Conundrum 4: The Confounding Necessity of Working with Russia
  • Conundrum 5: The Inimical Effect of Foreign Intervention on Civil Wars

The authors provide these insights to serve as a foundation for policy makers to consider in their decision-making and thought processes in relation to implications for U.S. policy in Syria and beyond. 

 

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary  1

Introduction  3

Conundrum 1:

The Paradoxical Consequences of Pressuring the Asad Regime 5

Conundrum 2:

The Fatal Limitations of the Syrian Opposition 6

Conundrum 3:

When a Partner Force Threatens an Ally 10

Conundrum 4:

The Confounding Necessity of Working with Russia 12

Conundrum 5:

The Inimical Effect of Foreign Intervention on Civil Wars 15

Implications for U.S. Policy: Syria as a Complex System. 17

Conclusion 20

About the Author 31

Audience

This timely analysis should be useful to U.S. strategic leaders, policy analysts, and intelligence professionals as they seek to address the complex factors, such as regional security issues related to how the Syrian situation has taken shape as of today.  This resource may also benefit those seeking a better understanding of world politics that may include the roles of nation states. 

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Publisher:
Defense Dept., National Defense University, Institute for National Strategic Studies, Center for Strategic Research
Author:
  • Ratney, Michael A.
Key Phrases:
  • Institute for National Strategic Studies Strategic Perspectives 32
  • Syria
  • United States and the Conflict in Syria
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Record Creation Date:
07/25/2019
Last Status Update:
09/12/2019
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