Benedetta Berti / Marika Sosnowski

Neither Peace nor Democracy: The Role of Siege and Population Control in the Syrian Regime’s Coercive Counterinsurgency Campaign

Small Wars and Insurgencies | 2022

  • Abstract

    This article examines the role of siege warfare and population control in the coercive counterinsurgency strategy used by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to effectively crush the revolution that began in 2011. We extend the coercive counterinsurgency framework offered by Monica Duffy Toft and Yuri Zhukov to analyze the Syrian regime’s use of the twin tactical pillars of siege warfare and population control. We focus on how these two types of denial – military and political—proved essential to the regime’s military victory.



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