The Syrian Civil War: A “Geopolitical Chernobyl”

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By Dr. Spyridon Plakoudas, Analyst KEDISA

The Syrian War: By-Product of the Arab Spring

Without doubt, the Syrian Civil War currently amounts to the most violent war in the Middle East and beyond. Indicatively, by the end of 2015 this conflict had claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and caused the internal displacement of over 7,500,000 individuals and the migration of roughly 4,000,000 persons since 2011 (out of a total population of nearly 20 million in 2010).[1] However, this conflict has not earned an unfavourable reputation just by its bloody nature.

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[1] Sophia Jones: “Syria’s Death Toll”, Huffington Post, 11/3/2015; Karen Yourish, K. K. Rebecca Lai and Derek Watkings: “How Syrians Are Dying”, New York Times, 14/9/2015.