What is it about?

Conflict resolution based on a mix of notions of (re)setting new norms in managing the friction between international competition and cooperation.

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Why is it important?

It proposes a model for resolving the Syrian crisis, based on the logic of positive-sum market exchange.

Perspectives

In light of geopolitical realism and perceptions of security dilemmas which shape much of states' behaviour in the Syrian crisis, this research transcends monocausal explanations for the conflict to focus on the diverse interests of the great powers (US and Russia). Noting their competition over the content of potential understandings and the arising leadership and economic opportunities, it is prescient to temper offensive realism as a means to resolve the crisis.

Vincent Ibonye
Nigerian Institute of International Affairs

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This page is a summary of: Strategic Wisdom in the New Greater Middle Eastern Game? A De-escalatory Rethinking of the Syrian Conflict, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, November 2017, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2018.1385268.
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