- Enduring ambiguity: Sunni community-Syrian regime dynamics
- Mediterranean Politics
- Volume | Issue number
- 15 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
The paper's central thesis is that authoritarian regimes can benefit from the presence of domestic (Sunni) civil activism; through a social dynamic that creates an incentive for Sunni activists to actively approach regime actors. The article poses that they thereby imply a subservience to the regime and ascribe authority to it. This dynamic is a result of a social convention that outlines how bargaining, accommodation and coalition management between regime and Sunni actors should evolve. This convention emerges as reaction to the ambiguous nature of state repression vis-a-vis Sunni civil activism.
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