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Caught between autocracy and jihadism: Syria's Christians hope for the implementation of Geneva I

Zwischen Autokratie und Dschihadismus: Syriens Christen hoffen auf die Umsetzung von Genf I

Becker, Petra

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract The discourse conducted by Syria's Christians since March 2011 reveals that many of them have now turned their back on the protest movement, despite their initial sympathy and even involvement with it. These Christians have not turned away out of any deeply held convictions in support of the regime, but because they are worried by the militarisation and radicalisation of the revolution, and by the fact that after three years the opposition has still not shown itself to be a credible alternative to the regime. German and European policymakers should continue working towards a political solution and avoid supporting any particular religious or ethnic groups at the expense of others, because apart from those in areas where foreign Jihadists operate, Christians in Syria are no more at risk than other Syrians. (author's abstract)
Keywords Syria; civil war; Christian; protest movement; political attitude; opposition; religious community; Islam; political development; religious conflict; flight; Arab countries; Middle East
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords Dschihad
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series SWP Comments, 29/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications