A seminar with Alexandra Stark, Research Fellow, Middle East Initiative and Ph.D. Candidate, Georgetown University.

Abstract

Military intervention in external civil wars tends to transform relatively localized conflicts into regional conflicts that are very difficult to resolve and therefore last longer, generate higher numbers of casualties from violence, and have massive humanitarian implications. My research seeks to build a more comprehensive understanding of the conditions under which states in the MENA region intervene in civil wars. This research highlights the dynamics of competition among regional powers as well as the relationship between the United States and its regional allies, and how both affect intervention decisions.

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