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Geo-Politics of Syrian Conflict: Role of Regional, Extra-Regional and Non-State Actors in the Situation
This study aims to examine the complex functioning of Syrian conflict with respect to involvement of various actors like state as well as non-state actors on national, regional and international levels. It analyzes and identifies the actors, their role and strategies and future prospects regarding the Syrian Crisis. The qualitative approach following the document analysis has been used to get profound and diverse information about the issue and all the actors and factors involved in the Syrian conflict. The actors involved in the conflict are found to be in three blocks; Pro-Assad, Anti-Assad and Non-aligned. The role of Islamic State has is distinct by fighting with all actors involved including the Pro-Assad regime and Anti-Assad forces. Israel in early phase expressed neutrality but became part of the conflict to counter the increasing Iranian influence and IS factor. The study predicts that the complex functioning of the Syrian conflict with respect to various state and non-state actors on all levels from regional to international levels will go on for next few years
Syed Imran Haider
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan