The Anatomy of the Syrian Revolution
The Revolutions of the Arab Spring were more than political upheavals, adjustments to the restructuring of the global economy, or the materialization of regional power realignments. To be sure, those are factors that impinge on the revolutions and represent structural constrains that both affect their shape and dictate the range of possible outcomes.
It has been argued by many that Syria, because of its political structure, population diversity, and regional alliances, presents an exceptional case, one were revolution is impossible. However, the yearning for freedom and dignity, the quiet dynamics of human nature trump any exceptionalism. The events of Syria today are not simply political; they represent an attempt to recast the meaning of Syrian national identity.
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