The political economic context of Syria's reconstruction : a prospective in light of a legacy of unequal development
Title: The political economic context of Syria's reconstruction : a prospective in light of a legacy of unequal development
Author: DAHER, Joseph
Series/Number: Middle East Directions (MED); Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria; 2018/05
The article seeks to deepen the understanding and analysis around reconstruction dynamics. In this perspective, the economic policies of the Syrian government in the decade prior to the uprising are analysed. The paper then examines how the war transformed the political economy of Syria by considering the effects of destruction on the country’s economic structure. Finally, the article observes the possible scenarios and prospects based on the conflict’s current dynamics to consider new lines of research in the near future in relation to the topic of the war economy and the reconstruction process. Just as the war and its destruction have been used by the regime to intensify neoliberal policies and secure further political power, the way that reconstruction is shaped is another opportunity by which those in power will seek to extend their political and economic domination of Syria.
Subject: Syria; Reconstruction; War economy; Neo-liberalism; Political economy
Type of Access: openAccess