The effect of identity on the conflict in Syria
Alhuseen, Ayham (2017) The effect of identity on the conflict in Syria. [Thesis]
Since the conflict started in Syria in 2011, the borders between identities started to grow and the identity started to emerge as one the main issues in the Syrian conflict.. To understand the role of identity in this conflict, I collect and analyze data from inside Syria. This rare dataset gives us an insight about the perception of the Syrian people inside Syria. I find that the different identities (Arab and Kurdish) reacted in a similar manner to some questions while they reacted differently to others. When asked about their migration or post conflict preference, both Arabs and Kurds reacted similarly and the identity did not have an effect. However, when asked about their support to an initiative as a possible solution to the conflict or how they perceive the role of the UN in the conflict, the responses of the Arabic participants were different than the Kurds.
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