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The battle for Syria : international rivalry in the new Middle East

Author: Christopher Phillips, (Lecturer in international relations of the Middle East)
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016.
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"Most accounts of Syria's brutal, long-lasting civil war focus on a domestic contest that began in 2011 and only later drew foreign nations into the escalating violence. Christopher Phillips argues instead that the international dimension was never secondary but that Syria's warwas, from the very start, profoundly influenced by regional factors, particularly the vacuum created by a perceived decline of U.S. power in  Read more...
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Phillips, Christopher (Lecturer in international relations of the Middle East).
Battle for Syria.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016022863
(OCoLC)945354558
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Phillips, (Lecturer in international relations of the Middle East)
ISBN: 9780300222173 0300222173
OCLC Number: 957590693
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover page; Halftitle page; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Key actors and abbreviations; Introduction; After the Pax Americana; The Battle for Syria; The forces at play: an outline; chapter one Syria and the Middle East on the eve of civil war; Syria in the Middle East; The Middle East and American hegemony; After America: a shift in power; chapter two The Arab Spring comes to Syria; Syria's Troubles; The regime fights back; chapter three Assad must stand aside? The international community's ambivalent response; The Arab Spring shakes the Middle East Syria: protests and violence increaseIran, Russia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia: the world turns to Syria; Turkey's U- turn; 'Assad must step aside'; chapter four International institutions and the slide to war; Civil war; The international response: economic sanctions; The Arab League plan; Russia and the United Nations: stalemate; Kofi Annan's diplomacy; chapter five A legitimate representative? Supporting and subverting Syria's political opposition; Demands for a leader: the Syrian National Council; The National Coalition and Saudi Arabia's takeover Chapter six 'Arm the rebels!' Backing the arme doppositionThe Free Syrian Army; Islamist, Jihadist and Kurdish militias; Foreign hands intervene; chapter seven To the hilt: Assad's allies dig in; A friend in need; The view from Iran; Hezbollah's role: a dilemma for Nasrallah; Suleimani's Syria?; chapter eight No red lines: the question of western military intervention; The shadow of Libya; Military powerhouses: Turkey and Israel intervene; The red line that wasn't; Aftermath; chapter nine Descent into chaos: stalemate and the rise of ISIS; Geneva II; Regional rivalry and rebel politics The Islamic State of Iraq and al- ShamFighting 'the Caliphate'; chapter ten Enter Russia: Putin Raises the Stakes; Rebel resurgence; Russian intervention; Another peace process; Conclusion The War that Everyone Lost; The war that everyone lost; Post-American chaos; Syria's torment; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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