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Examining the centrality of state legitimacy and capacity to stable governance in the Syrian conflict: The detrimental effects of international geopolitical influences on long-term state stability

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dc.contributor.advisor Hambly-Odame, Helen
dc.contributor.author Kandiah, Lavan
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-06T15:05:47Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-06T15:05:47Z
dc.date.copyright 2018
dc.date.created 2018-12-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15972
dc.description.abstract The paper examines the relationship between state legitimacy and capacity in attaining stable governance in Syria, and the effect that external geopolitical influences have in influencing the stability of governance. Domestic state legitimacy is the cornerstone of stable governance in Syria; however, the presence of external mediators and stakeholders in the conflict, mainly the United States and Russia, has made the legitimacy of local actors subject to the geopolitical interests of these two states. Russo-American attempts to steer the conflict in accordance to their interests, and their support for rival factions has made domestic legitimacy and capacity conditional, unpredictable and volatile, contributing to state fragility and instability. Given the unlikelihood that Syria will cease to be an arena of international competition, attaining stable governance in Syria will be a long-term and arduously complex task.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject stable governance
dc.subject Syria
dc.subject geopolitical influences
dc.subject state legitimacy
dc.subject state capacity
dc.subject domestic legitimacy
dc.title Examining the centrality of state legitimacy and capacity to stable governance in the Syrian conflict: The detrimental effects of international geopolitical influences on long-term state stability
dc.type Major paper
dc.degree.programme Capacity Development and Extension (International Development Studies)
dc.degree.name Master of Science
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
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