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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2015

SIPRI Yearbook 2015

2. The armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq

Chapter:
2. The armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2015
Author(s):
Aron Lund, Maha Yahya, Pieter D. Wezeman

The armed conflicts in Iraq and Syria intensified in 2014. A number of jihadist movements had notable successes, with the Islamic State (IS) in particular making rapid advances. Several factors have facilitated the rise of IS: years of severe conflict of an increasingly sectarian nature, a concurrent loss of state legitimacy, and large-scale social and institutional breakdown in both Iraq and Syria. However, IS is only one of the actors operating in the wider Iraqi–Syrian zone of war, which is characterized by social disintegration and sectarian polarization. It is a crisis that is also defined by an overlapping and often unclear assortment of allegiances backed by regional and international actors and associated support structures. This chapter discusses how the interlinked conflicts in Iraq and Syria developed in 2014.

Citation (MLA):
Lund, Aron, Maha Yahya, and Pieter D. Wezeman. "2. The armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 13 Dec. 2019. <https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198737810/sipri-9780198737810-chapter-2.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Lund, A., Yahya, M., & Wezeman, P. (2016). 2. The armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2015: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 13 Dec. 2019, from https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198737810/sipri-9780198737810-chapter-2.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Lund, Aron, Maha Yahya, and Pieter D. Wezeman. "2. The armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq." In SIPRI Yearbook 2015: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 13 Dec. 2019, from https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198737810/sipri-9780198737810-chapter-2.xml
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