Syria in Ruins
The Dynamics of the Syrian Civil War
by David S. Sorenson
September 2016, 203pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3836-1
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What began as a small demonstration in Syria has escalated into a burgeoning threat to world peace.

Syria is home to one of the most brutal and protracted civil wars in history, posing a threat to global stability and enabling the expansion of the Islamic State (sometimes called 'ISIS'). This in-depth analysis reveals the beginning, present state, and future of this conflict.

The current crises involving ISIS have attracted worldwide attention to the complex politics and cultural panorama of the Middle East, including Syria. Political analyst and author David S. Sorenson discusses the ongoing civil war in Syria from its origins, to its key players, and to its propagation into neighboring countries. In the process, the work delves into Syria’s demographics, history, economy, and security to illustrate the civil war’s impact on the Middle East and the world. This in-depth analysis covers the Assad regime, ISIS’s role in the region, possible outcomes of the conflict, and security implications for the country.

Starting with a history of Syria, the work identifies the factors that have contributed to the onset and continuation of the civil war, moves on to an analysis of the outbreak and growth of the war, and points out key factors that fueled its intensity. A look at the Islamic State considers the internationalization of the Syrian civil war, explaining how the addition of many parties outside of Syria have made the war more violent and protracted. The book concludes by considering alternative endings for the conflict and addressing the role of world powers in the conflict and its outcome.


  • Features a chapter on the growth of ISIS in the region and quest for a caliphate
  • Addresses the influence of Russia, China, and the United States in the conflict and its outcome
  • Follows the transition of the Syrian economy from state-run to crony capitalism
  • Considers America's action and policy in response to the threats as presented both by President Assad and ISIS
  • Covers the Syrian internal conflict as well as the conflict's expansion into Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey
David S. Sorenson is professor of international security at the United States Air Force Air War College. His published works include Praeger's Global Security Watch: Lebanon as well as Introduction to the Modern Middle East and Interpreting the Middle East: Essential Themes. He received his doctorate from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

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