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The Syrian Uprising: Dynamics of an Insurgency

Carsten Wieland, Adam Almqvist, and Helena Nassif
The Syrian Uprising: Dynamics of an Insurgency
ISBN: 978-0-9568732-1-7
2013/116 pages
St Andrews Papers on Contemporary Syria
Distributed for the University of St Andrews Centre for Syrian Studies


Dissecting Syria's ongoing insurgency from three perspectives—focusing on missed opportunities during the 2000s, transnational cyberactivism, and the profound impact of a famous Syrian actress's complex loyalties—the authors of The Syrian Uprising cast light on the underlying causes and early developments of the civil war. The book also includes a presidential advisory committee's memorandum to President al-Assad, revealing the telling gap between the president's famous public claims that the Arab Spring would not spread to Syria and the warnings of brewing troubles that he privately received.


Carsten Wieland is author of Syria at Bay: Secularism, Islamism, and "Pax Americana." Adam Almqvist is conducting research at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University. Helena Nassif is conducting research at the Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster.


  • Foreword—Tina Zintl.
  • Assad's Decade of Lost Chances—C. Wieland.
  • The Syrian Uprising and the Transnational Public Sphere: Transforming the Conflict in Syria—A. Almqvist.
  • Celebrity Politics in Troubled Times: The Case of Muna Wassef—H. Nassif.
  • Appendix: Memorandum of the Advisory Committee about the Internal Situation on the Verge of the Second Decade of the Leadership of your Excellency.