Podcast: Intractable Syria — Case Study of What Does and Does Not Lead to an Unmanageable Crisis

Refining Intractability: A Case Study of Entrapment in the Syrian Civil War

Listen to our latest podcast with Siniša Vuković and Diane Bernabei (Johns Hopkins University and Leiden University)

The most intractable conflict in recent times is the Syrian Civil War: it has caused prolonged tensions, severe destruction, and devastating consequences and, despite several peacemaking efforts, has only escalated over time. How this conflict—which started out with the arrest of a few students—reached a state of intractability is much more nuanced than previously believed. Siniša Vuković and Diane Bernabei from The Johns Hopkins University, USA, in their study titled “Refining Intractability: A Case Study of Entrapment in the Syrian Civil War”, published in Brill’s International Negotiation, use the Syrian War as a case study to explain the factors that lead to an intractable crisis—and the ones that don’t.