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dc.contributor.authorWege, Carl Anthonyen
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-21T20:32:17Zen
dc.date.available2015-09-21T20:32:17Zen
dc.date.issued2015-09-21en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.4/578553en
dc.description.abstractThis paper contends decline of Bashar al-Assad’s governing authority and the concomitant accretion of increasingly complex militia organizations suggests a future of petty militia fiefdoms affecting an Islamic veneer ruling the Syrian space. Geography, including its human domain, sustains the qualitative patterns of militia development and interactions across Syria’s rural and urban spaces and defines the geographic areas of dominance of these militia fiefdoms. The concurrence of severe drought, the Arab Spring, and the availability of social media ignited the Syrian rebellion in 2011. The rebellion itself ultimately became a militarized arena for conflict between outside powers as foreign fighter enhanced Salafi Jihadist Organizations displaced aspirational moderates to dominate the armed opposition to the Assad regime. The civil war ultimately became demarcated by hundreds of militias separated generally into a three sided contest between Iranian, al-Qaeda affiliated and Islamic State affiliated militias establishing petty fiefdoms while attempting to govern the Syrian space.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherThe Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violenceen
dc.relation.urlhttp://terrorismresearch@st-andrews.ac.uken
dc.subjectSyria - History - Civil War, 2011-en
dc.subjectSyria - politics and government - 2000-en
dc.titleUrban and rural militia organizations in Syria's less governed spacesen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentCollege of Coastal Georgiaen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Terrorism Researchen


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