Accession Number : AD1042460

Title :   The Rise of Syria's Urban Poor: Why the War for Syria's Future Will Be Fought Over the Country's New Urban Villages

Descriptive Note : Journal Article

Corporate Author : Caerus Analytics, LLC Fort Lauderdale United States

Personal Author(s) : Kilcullen,David ; Rosenblatt,Nate

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Report Date : 01 Jan 2014

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Syria's urban poor fight the Assad regime for the soul of Syria's cities. Syrian government troops have abandoned large swaths of countryside to a fractured opposition, focusing resources on key loyalist leverage points: keeping connected the big four cities Aleppo, Damascus, Homs, and Hama, and maintaining a path to the coast. This intensely urban conflict is a byproduct of over ten years of rural village migrations into the outskirts of Syria's ancient cities. Fueled by economic necessity and a persistent drought, these villagers created vast, insulated neighborhoods of urban poor. Three things characterize these communities: they are predominantly controlled by the opposition, they have been among the hardest hit during the conflict, and their guns and recent political activism mean they will be a key power broker in the post-conflict order.

Descriptors :   Syria , CITIES , civil war , history , MIGRATION , inequalities

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE