How do We Explain Conflict? Evidence from Syria

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How do We Explain Conflict? Evidence from Syria

May 8 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT


While teaching about war and conflict is never an easy topic in the classroom, it is important for young people to be exposed to geopolitics and understand the current events they see in the news. But how do we make sense of conflicts when we are inundated with competing explanations for why they start? In this webinar, Daniel Neep will answer this question with reference to one of the most chronic – and most misunderstood – conflicts of the 21st century: the Syrian civil war. Is the enduring conflict in Syria best explained by the historical legacies of the past, environmental disaster, ethnic and religious rivalries, or the failures of economic policy-making? The webinar will explore the factors that contributed to the conflict in Syria and analyze the lessons that can be drawn from it.

About the Presenter

Daniel Neep is a political scientist who works on conflict and state-building in the Middle East, with a focus on Syria, where he lived for five years prior to the uprising. Neep is the author of Occupying Syria: Insurgency, Space, and State Formation (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He is currently finishing his second book, The Nation Belongs to All: The Making of Modern Syria, which explains Syria’s political development in terms of global transformations, changing economic infrastructures, emerging political geographies, and waves of popular protest. His research has also been published in journals including International Affairs, New Political Economy, and the Journal of Historical Sociology.

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May 8
7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
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