How to Support the Opposition in Syria: New Models for Understanding Syria
National Defense Univ Fort Lesley J. McNair United States
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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.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Government and Political Science