New infoPlaylist about Syria

September 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

6809915988_d1c203a14aIn 2011, the Arab Spring protests sweeping the Middle East came to Syria. The Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, has responded with violence and the United States and others are now arguing that there is strong evidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons to attack civilians. This infoPlaylist created by Librarians Joyce Garczynski and Sara Nixon provides background information on Syria, the latest news, the history of chemical weapons, as well as researched perspectives on the conflict.

 

History and Culture of Syria

Information about Syria’s history, culture, economy, and military are available from the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook entry for Syria.

An overview, fact sheet, and timeline for Syria’s history are on the BBC’s Syria profile.

Statistics related to the population of Syria can be found on NationMaster’s Syria page.

A history of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Syria is available on the State Department’s country profile for Syria.

 

Background on the Current Syrian Conflict

An overview of the Arab Spring conflicts and their impact is available in this CQ Researcher report (Towson University Affiliation required for access).

The Washington Post’s timeline contains a chronology of the Syrian conflict.

A history of the United Nations’ role in the conflict as well as information about the humanitarian efforts in the country can be found on the UN’s News Focus on Syria.

  

Overview of Chemical Weapons

A review of chemical weapons from ancient Rome to the present is available on National Geographic’s timeline.

A timeline and review of the use of chemical weapons in modern warfare is available from the Economist’s website.

Syria’s chemical weapons chronology is available in the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s profile of Syria.

 

Latest News from Syria

News stories and other multi-media related to the conflict are available on the New York Times’ Conflict in Syria page and on Al Jazeera’s Syria spotlight.

Storify’s Top 10 Tweeters to Follow contains a list of list of activists, bloggers and all around active tweeters to follow to keep up with the happenings in Syria.

The perspective of President Bashar al-Assad’s government is available on the Syrian Arab News Agency’s website.

 

Analysis and Research Reports on Syria

Associate Professor of History Kimberly Katz and others discuss what the United States’ role in Syria should be in this June 2013 radio broadcast, followed by a September 2013 program with a discussion of the moral and political aspects of U.S. intervention in Syria.

An analysis of the possible impacts of armed intervention in Syria is examined in the Congressional Research Service’s Report: “Armed Conflict in Syria: U.S. and International Response”

Research reports and other resources are available on the Brookings Institution’s Syria page.

The Washington Institute’s policy analysis contains news and reviews of the United States’ and other nations’ policies toward Syria.

Reports, briefings and analysis focusing on how to resolve the Syrian Conflict can be found on the Crisis Watch from Crisis Group.

Information on human rights in Syria can be found on Amnesty International’s website as well as Human Rights Watch’s website.

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