The Arab Spring: Syria

By: Ty Bryan, Sarah Whitley, Stephanie Garcia, Matthew Petty

History of the protests

A. When did the protests begin? It began in march of 2011.

B. What were/are people protesting? They were protesting pro-democracy and demanding president Assad's resignation.

C.How did the government respond? They responded by using chemical weapons and killing their own people.

D. What has been the result? It resulted in an uprising of more groups such as ISIS and the U.S. has joined the rebels and Russia has joined Assad.


A. What is happening in your country now? ISIS is starting to occupy Sunni dominated areas. Assad is still using military against the rebels to stay in power.

B. Who is in charge of the government? The president is Bashaar Al Assad and the prime minister is Wael Nader Al-Halqi.

C. Will there be elections? If so when? They held their first election in 2014 and new elections take place every 7 years.

D. What key challenges does the country face today? Russia has been sending air strikes on rebels to support Assad.

The international community

A. Have international organizations or other countries been involved in events in your country? If so, how? Yes, Russia and the United States have joined in and have each picked their own sides.

B. What has been the position of the U.S. on the events in your country?

The U.S. has joined the rebel side attempting to overthrow Assad.


How would you characterize what has happened in your country? Would you call it a revolution? It began as a revolution and then morphed into a civil war and is now a proxy war.