For our first unit, we will discuss the current Syrian conflict. As we explore the civil war which may soon turn into an international conflict, we will explore the reasons people wage war and analyze the resources available to us when trying to learn more about war. Being such a divisive issue, war is a difficult topic to read and write about, since most reporters will have some form of bias when reporting on the events, as well as the challenges of getting and corroborating information in war zones.

First, what do we know about the Syria, its history and the current conflict?


Have a look at the excellent coverage of the Syrian conflict on Aljazeera’s Live Syria Blog

Exercise 1:

Read Syria’s Role in the Middle East¬†and answer the questions as a group.