Syria is home to one of the most brutal and protracted civil wars in history, posing a threat to global stability and enabling the expansion of the Islamic State (sometimes called "ISIS"). This in-depth analysis reveals the beginning, present state, and future of this conflict.
• Features a chapter on the growth of ISIS in the region and quest for a caliphate
• Addresses the influence of Russia, China, and the United States in the conflict and its outcome
• Follows the transition of the Syrian economy from state-run to crony capitalism
• Considers America's action and policy in response to the threats as presented both by President Assad and ISIS
• Covers the Syrian internal conflict as well as the conflict's expansion into Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey
About the Author
David S. Sorenson is professor of international security at the United States Air Force Air War College.