Syria after the Uprisings: The Political Economy of State Resilience

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5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Russell Square: College Buildings
Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)
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Dr Joseph Daher (University of Lausanne)

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Syria has been at the centre of world news since 2011, following the beginnings of a popular uprising in the country and its subsequent violent repression. Nearly 9 years on, Joseph Daher analyses the resilience of the regime and the failings of the uprising , while also taking a closer look at the counter-revolutionary processes that have been undermining the uprising from without and within.

Through a sharp reconstruction of the key historical developments, Daher focuses on the reasons behind the transition of a peaceful uprising into a destructive war with multiple regional and international actors. He argues that other approaches have so far neglected a global analysis of the conflict’s economic, social and political characteristics. He also shows that it is impossible to understand the Syrian uprising without a historical perspective dating back to the seizure of power by Hafez al-Assad in 1970.

A result of years of research and discussions with activists, students, members of political parties and Syrian academics, this book will be the go-to analysis of Syria for years to come.


Dr. Daher  teaches at Lausanne University, Switzerland and is a part time affiliate professor at the European University Institute, Florence (Italy). He is the author of Syria after the Uprisings (Pluto, 2019) and Hezbollah: The Political Economy of the Party of God (Pluto, 2016).


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Chair: Dr Adam Hanieh (SOAS)

Organiser: SOAS Middle East Institute

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