Syria

psu logo edited Backgrounder on Syria: History

Background information on the history of Syria.

psu logo edited Backgrounder on Syria: Protests

Background information on Syrian protests.  Written in December, 2011.

Country Studies

The Library of Congress Country Studies include extensive information about all Middle Eastern countries, including historical overviews as well as information about government structure, economics, and demographics.

Specific countries can’t be bookmarked, so follow the link above and select the country of interest.

Emergence: A Magazine for Non Violence-Syria

Emergence is a monthly online and print magazine from the Metta Center for Nonviolence dedicated to telling the emerging story of nonviolence appearing around the world. This issue focuses on nonviolence in Syria. Be sure to check out the Education Corner at the end.

Guide: Syrian Crisis

A guide to the crisis and flaring tensions currently in Syria.

History, Baath Party Rule

A short history of the Baath Party in Syria.

How Come Syria Controls Lebanon?

Explaining the interesting relationship between Syria and Lebanon.

Interactive Timeline of Syrian Crisis (multimedia)

This interactive timeline of the Syrian Crisis includes articles, videos, cartoons, and images.  Created by Syria Deeply.

Israel-Syria Negotiations: The Issues

Explaining the negotiations between the countries of Syria and Israel.

Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (text)

These  monthly summaries on developments in Syria were compiled and published by the International Crisis Group(ICG). Jadaliyya Reports will update this post each month as subsequent monthly summaries are issued

Once Upon a Time in Damascus

A photo essay of Damascus.

One Day in Syria

Bill Law paints a portrait of a single day in Syria, talking via the internet and phone to people across the country.

Protests Across Syria

Background info on Syria and current tensions there.

Research Guide to the Arab Spring in Syria

Cornell University Library’s guide to researching the Arab Spring in Syria

Syria Fact Sheet

A quick fact sheet providing clear information about Syria.

Syria Facts and Figures

Syria facts and figures from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

Syria Files: Learn the History, Places, and Faces Behind the Conflict

These resources created by Syria Deeply

Syria in Perspective

This resource from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offers a country profile section containing basic facts about the target country, followed by selected themes organized under the major headings of Geography, History, Economy, Society and Security.

Syria Protests: What You Need to Know (video)

A quick video breaking down the important news in Syria.

Syria Undercover (video)

Reporter Ramita Navai goes undercover for a rare look at the uprising from inside Syria. Plus a profile of the dictator who has managed to hold on longer than any amidst the Arab unrest—President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian Cultural Orientation

Cultural Orientations from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offer an engaging introduction to a given cultural group. Linguists and non-linguists alike will benefit from these interactive materials and pertinent language exchanges that are coupled with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts. Topics include religion, traditions, family life and differences in the lifestyles of urban and rural populations.

Syrian Flag

Details about the Syrian flag.

Ten Steps to Syria-Lebanon Ties

Presents an explanation of 10 stages through which the two purportedly fraternal Arab countries have passed since they both gained independence after WWII.

Arab Uprisings: The Syria Crisis

This briefing by POMEPS contains a collection of essays about the current crisis in Syria.

What to Read Now: Syria

Combining memoir, history, and political analysis, Nikolaos van Dam’s recommended books in World Literature Today both bring to life the day-to-day struggles of a single family and provide broader insight into Syria today.

Al-Jazeera’s Spotlight on Syria (news)

Articles and video specials on the conflict.

Global Voices: Syria Protest 2011/2012 (text)

Global Voices is an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world. This page includes blog postings and tweets about the Syria protests from 2011-2012.

Guide to Syria in Crisis (text)

Syria is descending further into armed conflict. This one-stop site provides analysis from leading experts in the region and background on the opposition parties and personalities that will shape Syria’s future.  Created by the Carnegie Middle East Center

In Pictures: Pressure on Syria (images)

Photos showing different parts of the revolution.

Interactive Timeline of Syrian Crisis (multimedia)

This interactive timeline of the Syrian Crisis includes articles, videos, cartoons, and images.  Created by Syria Deeply.

Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (text)

These  monthly summaries on developments in Syria were compiled and published by the International Crisis Group(ICG). Jadaliyya Reports will update this post each month as subsequent monthly summaries are issued

Syria Deeply (multimedia)

Syria Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists, exploring a new model of storytelling around a global crisis. Our goal is to build a better user experience of the story by adding context to content, using the latest digital tools of the day. Over time the hope is to add greater clarity, deeper understanding, and more sustained engagement to the global conversation.

Syria News (text)

Current news about Syria from the New York Times.

Syria Undercover (video)

Reporter Ramita Navai goes undercover for a rare look at the uprising from inside Syria. Plus a profile of the dictator who has managed to hold on longer than any amidst the Arab unrest—President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria: The War Within (multimedia)

A collection of AlJazeera articles highlighting the conflict in Syria.

Syria’s Alawi Population (audio)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and most top government officials are Alawis, a Shi’a-affiliated religious group that represents only 12% of the country’s populace. In this podcast from America Abroad, Katherine Lanpher talks with Jocelyne Cesari of Harvard University about Alawi beliefs and their role in Syrian society and politics.

Under Siege: A Syrian Diary (blog)

Rafeeq (not his real name) is a resident of Homs, a city in central Syria caught in the middle of vicious fighting between pro- and anti-government forces.

In this blog hosted on AlJazeera, Rafeeq shares his diary, providing rare insights into life under siege and daily shelling. His real identity has been concealed for reasons of his saftey. Al Jazeera cannot independently verify the accounts given by him.

Virtual Tour of Zaatari Refugee Camp (multimedia)

Take a virtual tour of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

War in Syria, from Your Middle East (text)

Estimates point at around 100,000 dead. Millions have fled their homes. The Syrian tragedy is a fact. Here you’ll find news updates and analysis on the crisis that has captured a whole world, but paralyzed the international community.

Young Syrians in Beirut: Economic and War Refugees (audio)

David Enders reports from Beirut on the youth fleeing conflict in Syria for economic desperation in Lebanon. Presented by America Abroad.

psu logo edited Comparing Access & Control of Social Media in Syria & Egypt 2011-2013

In this lesson, students deeper understanding of the impact of the Arab Uprisings, specifically in Egypt and Syria  and their  use of digital media and the government’s use of digital media to counteract the uprising.

This lesson was created by Anthony Long, Jeffrey Brown, and Deborah Johnston for the Middle East Studies Center 2013 Summer Institute: The Arab Uprisings

Connecting Syria’s allies and enemies

This lesson features the infographic “Connecting Syria’s allies and enemies” by Al Jazeera to help students understand the complex relationships between the countries who either support or do not support military intervention in Syria as a response to the use of chemical weapons.

Debating the U.S. Response to Syria

In this lesson by the Choices Program, students will explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.

Emergence: A Magazine for Non Violence-Syria

Emergence is a monthly online and print magazine from the Metta Center for Nonviolence dedicated to telling the emerging story of nonviolence appearing around the world. This issue focuses on nonviolence in Syria. Be sure to check out the Education Corner at the end.

I am Syria: Teaching about Syria

Teaching materials and lesson plans for teaching about Syria, the current conflict and anti-violence activism.

Lesson Plan: Religion in Culture & Politics: Women’s Empowerment in Syria

In this lesson, students will explore the role of religion in society and politics in Syria. They will watch a series of video clips showing Muslim women in Syria who are committed to living according to Islam without giving up their autonomy. Students will compare the ideas and actions of these women with their personal idea of women’s empowerment. They will then look at three quotes from the clips and explain in an essay what the women in the clips see as the role that religion plays in culture and politics.

Syria Protests Getting Bigger

ESL / EFL Lesson Plan on the Protests in Syria.

Syria’s Role in the Middle East

This lesson will help students understand the role Syria has played in Middle East politics over the past century and how now it might be at a crossroads of fulfilling it’s goals for a pan-Arab state and preserving its very survival. By developing a timeline on Syrian history and examining historical maps, students will gain an understanding of how Syria has had to adjust to outside influence and pressure against its goals.

Syrian Refugees in Jordan

This lesson plan encourages students to not only understand the situation of being a refugee in Jordan but also the challenges of responding to the huge influx of refugees.

This lesson plan is presented as a part of Teaching about Refugees

Teaching with the News: The Conflict in Syria

Students work in groups to research the perspectives of a variety of domestic and international actors on the conflict in Syria, understand the effects of the conflict and the possible risks of escalation, and consider the challenges facing the international community as it weighs its response to the conflict.

psu logo edited The Syria Crisis and the Global Players

This guide provides comprehension questions and answers, discussion questions, and links for more information to teach with Syria Crisis and the Global Players video from Syria Deeply.