The Origins of Civil Terror: The Role of Economic Divisions and Commitment Problems in the Creation of the Syrian Civil War Public Deposited

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  • April 26, 2020
  • Tracey Spaugh
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Global Studies
  • My thesis explores the causes of the Syrian Civil War. I survey the economic changes during the reign of Hafez Al-Assad and his son, Bashar Al-Assad, who ruled the state since 1970. I explore the role of sectarianism, economic divisions and commitments. Specifically, I highlight the economic liberalization that led to the Arab Spring and the civil war, and the resulting commitment problem that led the Assad regime to start a war to protect its economic and political interests. I show that the war was largely due to the commitment problem and the economic liberalization rather than sectarianism.
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  • Dr. Navin Bapat
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
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