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Discourses of a Revolution: Framing the Syrian Uprising
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2012 (English)In: Ortadoğu Etütleri, Vol. 3, no 2, 9-39 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article compares how the Syrian uprising was framed by the Syr-ian regime as well as some of the major oppositional organizations between March and November 2011. As expected in conflict the ver-sions told differ. The regime stresses that Syria is the victim of a foreign conspiracy where armed terrorists are killing civilians and security per-sonnel alike. The opposition, on the other hand, argues that the upris-ing is a domestic affair, initiated by ordinary people. The article further seeks to give an overview of the regime’s and the opposition’s views of the post-uprising Syria and their respective ideas of the best way to get there. The article argues that the Syrian opposition has, by and large, maintained a unified position. The major division is not, as could perhaps be expected, between the internal and the external opposition but between the “older” internal opposition and the rest. The article also argues that minority questions are not substantially dealt with by either the opposition or the regime. Both sides focus on the Kurds but effectively avoid other minorities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ankara: Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies , 2012. Vol. 3, no 2, 9-39 p.
Keyword [en]
Arab Spring, Discourse, Syrian National Council, Uprising, Opposition, Bashar al-Asad
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191178OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-191178DiVA: diva2:584966
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2014-08-14Bibliographically approved

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