Accession Number:

AD1042469

Title:

How to Support the Opposition in Syria: New Models for Understanding Syria

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article

Corporate Author:

National Defense Univ Fort Lesley J. McNair United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

Americans understanding of the current civil war in Syria is firmly rooted in their recent military history the U.S. experience in Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of the past decade. These conflicts have made U.S. policy makers painfully aware of the costs of the kind of intervention required by modern counterinsurgency doctrine, and of the limits of U.S. ability to create enduring political change in foreign lands. However, another slightly older case exists that may be more relevant to the civil war currently raging in Syria. U.S. intervention during the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was successful in achieving its proximate goalSoviet withdrawal, though the consequences of that conflict have been grave and far-reaching.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE