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BCUL 1695A - The War in syria: U.S. and European Policies

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

The aim of this course is to understand the causes and international ramifications of the war in Syria, from the 2011 Arab Spring protests to the rise of ISIS, and from the interventions of Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia to those of the United States and its allies. After a brief introduction on the modern history of Syria and the geopolitics of the Levant, the course will refocus on policy analysis, with special attention devoted to understanding how the United States and its European allies initially responded to the crisis and how their policies evolved over the past six years. The course will thus consider conflict resolution and peace building in failed states, the risk of conflict spillover in neighboring countries, and the heightened risk of ISIS-inspired terrorism on a global scale. It will also examine the Syrian refugee crisis and the catastrophic impact of the war on the political, economic, and social life of Syria and its people.

Teachers

MANFREDI FIRMIAN, Federico (Etudiant doctorant)

Required reading

Council on Foreign Relations. “Syria: Are There Any Steps Forward?” Expert Panel, June 6, 2017.

Additional required reading

  • U.S. Congressional Research Service. “Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response.” Report Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress, May 26, 2017.
  • Cordesman, Anthony. “New Details on U.S. Strategy in Iraq and Syria,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 1, 2017.
  • Lister, Charles. The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Ziadeh, Radwan. Power and Policy in Syria. I.B.Tauris, 2011.