United States Institute of Peace

International Network for Economics and Conflict

The Political Economy of Syria: Realities and Challenges

Written by Bassam Haddad

The turmoil that has overtaken Syria since March 15, 2011, will likely have a lasting effect on both state-society relations and the country’s developmental trajectory. As this document was completed just before the eruption of the cycle of protest and repression — which is continuing at the time of publication — I have opted to avoid drawing conclusions based on an anticipated outcome. Rather, with minor adjustments, this research will address the structural aspects of the status quo ante, assuming that, whatever the outcome of the current uprisings, Syria’s fundamental political-economic problems will be in need of attention.

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