THE NATURE OF THE ENGAGEMENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE SYRIAN CRISIS: A THEMATIC ANALYSIS

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Zainaddin M. Khidhir

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The complications of the Syrian crisis that has extended over six years are overseen on three distinct levels which are national, topographical, and global. A closer look at the situation in Syria in 2010/2011 will help explain why the regime has survived, the complexities of the situation in Syria, and what makes the search for a stable political settlement so difficult. The purpose of the present study is to highlight the nature of US engagement in the Syrian crisis which involves maintaining the US military presence for regional stability, ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS, countering the future expansion of the Iranian influence and political settlement to the conflict, containing the Assad’s regime in the interim. By outlining various threats, issues, assessing the Syrian conflict and its key actors, this paper seeks to explain the US response to the Syrian crisis on basis of thematic analysis. In conclusion, the United States' foreign policy has continued in a region vital to its national security interests due to available oil, its impetus to protect Israel, to support security by retaining military bases, to preserve the position of the protectorate of client states, and friendly regimes, and to resist Islamic movements and terrorism.   

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Khidhir, Z. M. . (2021). THE NATURE OF THE ENGAGEMENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE SYRIAN CRISIS: A THEMATIC ANALYSIS. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 7(3), 331-344. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2137331k
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Zainaddin M. Khidhir, Department of International Relations, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Zaianddin Mawlood Khidhir is an international relations and diplomacy researcher and academic. He received his master's degree from Salahaddin University in Iraq, and he is currently a PhD student at Corvinus University of Budapest's Institute of International, Political, and Regional Studies' Department of International Relations Actual Classification.

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