From domestic to regional: The civil war conundrum and the cases of Syria and Algeria

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Belcastro, Francesco 2017. From domestic to regional: The civil war conundrum and the cases of Syria and Algeria. Civil Wars. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698249.2017.1374670
AuthorsBelcastro, Francesco
Abstract

This paper seeks to answer a simple question: When do regional powers get involved in civil wars? Some civil wars see a significant involvement of regional actors, while others show a remarkable level of isolation. What explains this difference? This research answers this question by looking at two case studies: the Algerian civil war (1991–2002) and the Syrian civil war (2011–up to date). The paper identifies and develops five factors of regional involvement. These are: capabilities, regional dynamics, country’s relevance, regional security issues/containment and domestic–external links. civil wars are today one of the most prominent and deadly forms of conflict, and this paper contributes to understanding the important but understudied issue of regional involvement.

KeywordsCivil wars; External involvement; MENA region; Syria; Algeria
Year2017
JournalCivil Wars
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN13698249
1743968X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13698249.2017.1374670
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621874
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Publication dates18 Sep 2017
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Accepted30 Aug 2017
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby and College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby, UK
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