US-Russia Relations in the UNSC through the Lens of the Syrian Conflict

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US-Russia Relations in the UNSC through the Lens of the Syrian Conflict

Type: Master thesis
Title: US-Russia Relations in the UNSC through the Lens of the Syrian Conflict
Author: van Kooten, Camilla
Issue Date: 2019-03-29
Keywords: UNSC
Security Council
US-Russia relations
Russia
United States
Syria
Syrian conflict
Abstract: On April 7, 2018, a rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, was attacked. The Douma attack is just one example of the many violent outbursts in the Syrian conflict. The civil war that started in 2011 slowly unfolded into a larger regional and international conflict. The complexity of alliances in the Syrian conflict might be a reason of the long-lasting hostilities that still continue today. This thesis investigated the role of two main actors in the Syrian conflict: the United States and Russia. This study aimed to answer the following research question: how are the US-Russian relations in the UNSC on the Syrian conflict from March 2011-June 2018? In a heightened atmosphere in international relations, it is important to find out if more room for cooperation between the two countries exists within the UNSC framework. A document analysis of the UNSC meeting records, presidential statements and (draft) resolutions from 2011-2018 has been conducted. The contribution of this study lies in the systematic analysis of the UNSC minutes on the Syrian conflict which enables the author to draw conclusions over the entirety of the war. By looking at three main categories – the use of chemical weapons, humanitarian assistance, and the political peace process – this thesis found out that the US and Russia seem to agree on a broader level, but that filling in the details proves to be problematic.
Supervisor: David, Maxine
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Relations (Master)
Specialisation: Global Conflict in the Modern Era
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/70546
 

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