The Origins of the Syrian Conflict Climate Change and Human Security

  • Citation: Daoudy, Marwa. The Origins of the Syrian Conflict: Climate Change and Human Security. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
    • Topics:
    • Transnational Issues
    • Keywords:
    • Asia and the Pacific
    • Middle East and North Africa
    • Syrian conflict
    • climate change
    • environmental security
    • Human-Environmental-Climate-Security (HECS)

Does climate change cause conflict? Did it cause the Syrian uprising? Some policymakers and academics have made this claim, but is it true? This study presents a new conceptual framework to evaluate this claim. Contributing to scholarship in the fields of critical security, environmental security, human security, and Arab politics, Marwa Daoudy prioritizes non-Western and marginalized perspectives to make sense of Syria’s place in this international debate. Designing an innovative multidisciplinary framework and applying it to the Syrian case, Daoudy uses extensive field research and her own personal background as a Syrian scholar to present primary interviews with Syrian government officials and citizens, as well as the research of domestic Syrian experts, to provide a unique insight into Syria’s environmental, economic and social vulnerabilities leading up to the 2011 uprising.

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