Abstract: Comparative Study of the Spanish and Syrian Civil Wars

The Spanish civil war (1936-1939) and the current conflict in Syria (2011-present) are both cases in which states backed different domestic factions believing that the outcome of the civil wars would change the regional balance of power. This paper examines both conflicts and proposes three lessons for states to consider before intervening in a civil […]

August 18: los nombres de todos sus ahogados

I wasn’t sure what to write about for my last blog post. My project is approaching a final draft, and I have nothing new to say about international alliances or weapons deals or neutrality agreements. It seems fitting, though, to recognize the 81st anniversary of the death of Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca. Lorca was an acclaimed […]

July 24: where international relations and comparative politics intersect

Ideally, any research project should find a “gap” in the literature where your project will contribute genuinely “new” knowledge. My research on Spain and Syria has made it clear to me that despite falling under the broad umbrella of political science, international involvement in civil wars is a fairly under-researched phenomenon. Most civil war research […]