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Show of Force: Russian Intervention in the Syrian Civil War

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dc.contributor.advisor Wohlfeld, Monika
dc.contributor.author Postma, Foeke Johan
dc.creator Postma, Foeke Johan
dc.date 2016-10-28
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-03T17:26:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-03T17:26:12Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G85M3H
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/10739
dc.description.abstract This thesis set out to increase understanding of Russian foreign policy with regards to the civil war in Syria. The conflict has drawn in many different international actors, and cooperation will likely be indispensable for bringing the war to an end. Improving understanding of Russian foreign policy might foster the required cooperation. The research question was phrased as follows: "To what extent can the theories of neorealism and constructivism help understand foreign policy of the Russian Federation towards the Syrian Arab Republic during the Syrian civil war?" After a short exploration of International Relations, constructivism and neorealism were chosen as the theoretical lenses through which to interpret Russia’s actions in Syria. First, overviews of the history of Syrian-Russian relations as well as the Syrian civil war were provided. Then the two theories were used to analyze important elements of Russia’s behavior with regards to the conflict. The findings suggest that Russia’s foreign policy can be explained by both theories together. Neorealism can explain the importance of the international system and Russia’s place in it. Constructivism can account for the way in which Russian identity relies exactly on those neorealist factors of power and place in the international system. Constructivism can also account for the changes which Russia’s identity and interests have gone through. Both theories together can explain important elements of Russia’s foreign policy during the Syrian Civil War.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Syria en_US
dc.subject civil war en_US
dc.subject Neorealism en_US
dc.subject Russia en_US
dc.subject intervention en_US
dc.subject Constructivism en_US
dc.title Show of Force: Russian Intervention in the Syrian Civil War en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Malta en_US


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