Crisis in Syria Analytical Essay by Carly Evans

An analysis of the causes of and reactions to the Syrian crisis that has been taking place over the last year.
# 150906 | 1,488 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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In March of 2011, protests in and around Damascus, Syria, led Syrian forces to crack down on the protesters, an act that led to eruptions of increasing violence. This paper explores the events surrounding the Syrian Crisis, and examines how the early events led Syrians to move from peaceful protest to armed revolt. The paper also discusses the long-time enmity between Alawite Muslims, who comprise most of the Syrian government's leadership, and traditional Sunnis, who form the majority of Syrian citizens. Finally, the paper discusses the different responses by world governments to the crisis, and how that impacted United Nations attempts to broker peace and implement strategies to end the conflict.

Description of the Crisis
Events Leading to the Crisis
Alawite & Sunni Conflict
World Reactions

From the Paper:

"Since the 1963 coup that placed Syria in the hands of Ba'ath party officers, Syria had remained under a constant state of emergency. The Ba'athists, a group espousing pan-Arab, socialist, and anti-imperialist sentiments, used violence, terror and other authoritarian methods to maintain order and suppress any opposition to their rule.

"In March of 2011, protests broke out in the Syrian capital of Damascus. Syrians gathered for what they called the "Day of Dignity" to protest Syria's government and its fifty-year state of emergency.

"The protests spread, swelled, and turned violent. The southern city of Dara'a became a focal point of the protests when soldiers killed scores of protesters. By March 25, the protests had become deadly. "Although the day started off peacefully, by late afternoon there were double-digit death tolls in several regions. ... CNN reported that 24 people were killed in Dara'a. Earlier, human-rights activists provided ... the names of four allegedly killed the same day in Dara'a, after troops opened fire on protesters trying to destroy a statue of the late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad" (Abouzeid, 2011)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abouzeid, Rania. "Syria's Friday of Dignity Becomes a Day of Death." Time Magazine. (Mar. 25, 2011) : Web.23 Apr. 2012.
  • Bhalla, Reva. "Making Sense of the Syrian Crisis.'' The Cutting Edge. (May 8, 2011) : Web. 23,Apr. 2012.
  • Charbonneau, Louis. "Syria UN Resolution: Russia, China Veto UN Resolution.'' Huffington Post. (Feb. 4, 2012) : Web. 23 Apr. 2012.
  • Laub, Karin. "Syria Crisis: Government Troops Strike Near Damascus Despite Ceasefire, U.N. Observers.'' Huffington Post. (Apr. 22, 2012) : Web. 23 Apr. 2012.
  • Lederer, Edith M. "Syria Crisis: UN Authorizes 300 Ceasefire Observers.'' Huffington Post. (Apr. 21, 2012) : Web. 23 Apr. 2012.

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