Vanderbilt Political Review

Breakdown of the Syrian Civil War: How Did It Start and What Does It Mean for the United States?

Danielle Kitchen

September 30, 2015

The beginning of the Syrian conflict is most commonly cited as March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa. Following the arrest and subsequent torture of 15 children for drawing anti-government propaganda, the citizens of Deraa...

Spring and Deluge: How popular uprisings in the Middle East exacerbated the migrant crisis

Pawel Durakiewicz

September 30, 2015

“We mustn’t be afraid of this ‘Arab spring’… [it] sparks tremendous hope.” These were the words of Alain Juppé, former French Prime Minister and later Minister of Foreign and European Affairs. Juppé was the clo...

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