The Syrian-Iranian relations and the rationale behind it

On the basis of the previous analysis of Iran’s and Syria’s individual foreign policy principles/behaviors and the development of the Syrian-Iranian relations, has the Syrian-Iranian alliance made sense in the past and does it make sense in the context of the 2011 Syrian uprising? Preventing isolation There are good reasons to argue in favour of…

Syrian-Iranian relations — 1979-2013

  What follows is an overview of the Syrian-Iranian relations as they have developed over the decades.              The formative phase of an alliance On the basis of the analysis of Syria’s and Iran’s individual foreign policy principles over the last three to four decades, do Syria and Iran make a strange…

Syria’s Foreign Policy Principles until 2011

Like my previous post on Iran’s foreign policy principles, most of the below is taken from an earlier unfinished and unpublished article I wrote in the end of 2011. I. Hostility to foreign intervention Damascus has, like Tehran, a strong hostility against foreign interference into internal affairs. Syria had been under the control of the…

Book Review: Demystifying Syria

I just came across another book review that I have written earlier — in 2011, in fact, when I was doing an internship at USAK, in Ankara. It is a quite elaborate review, making it a bit longer than usual. Countries are more complex than they seem. Demystifying Syria (SOAS Middle East Issues Series) Fred…