Syria in the ‘Resistance Front’: Persistence Through Reconfiguration?

  • Aurora Sottimano


The ‘resistance front’ comprising Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and—until 2012—Hamas is one of the most enduring examples of a regional alliance, a pillar of Syria’s foreign policy and a determining factor shaping the trajectory of the Syrian conflict. This chapter examines Syrian politics within the ‘resistance front’ and its trajectory from the original anti-Israel formulation to a counterinsurgency force during the Syrian conflict. These developments demand that we reconsider the ideological assumptions, strategies, and capabilities of the ‘resistance front’ partnership while reassessing the connection between Syrian domestic and foreign policy.


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  • Aurora Sottimano
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  1. 1.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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