Gomez 1 Carolina Gomez Political Science 20 Wilkinson 14 October 2016 Short Paper: Syrian Civil War The Syrian Civil War is a battle taking place in Syria between the Syrian government and rebel groups who no longer want Bashar al-Assad as president . March 15, 2011 marks the beginning of the war, and is currently ongoing. With five years in the making, the high intensity of the war has been the cause of approximately 55, 219 deaths in 2015, leading to a total of 470,000 deaths within its course. According to the textbook World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions , the Syrian Civil War’s large magnitude is the result of a bargaining failure which has led to dissatisfaction, armed opposition, and terrorism . The war occurring in Syria classifies as a civil war because the contributors are in the same state, entangling the government and rebel groups as the main participants. It begun when the Arab Spring incited a peaceful protest driven by interest conflicts such as, unemployed men, increase of food price, and dissatisfaction with the corrupt quality of the Syrian government. In world politics, these conflicts of interests arise from grievances and greed, meaning government represses their society from basic needs of education, health care, political office, jobs, etc., hence greed emerges from groups who wish to have more control in their government. As a result, a group becomes separatist when it wants to create its self-regulating identity on the territory which in Syria, is currently under the rule of President Assad’s government. From a liberalist point of view, these conflict of interests have caused a bargaining failure, the main reason states chose to pursue war. The bargaining failure is a product of incomplete information, commitment problems, and indivisibilities. Rebel groups in Syria wish to appear stronger than their government, and vise versa. However, Assad’s government is in fact
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