The Syrian crisis is part of a wider conflict the origins of which can be traced back to the Arab Spring of 2011. The dissatisfaction of some of the countries in the Arab world with their corresponding governments had led to many anti-government protests demanding a better standard of living in countries such as Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Some of these countries were successful in creating significant regime change. However, and 9 years later with over 6.5 million nationals displaced and over half a million deaths; what solutions are there to a crisis happening in a country which has become a political playground for many belligerents?
Regional actors must delegitimise the Islamic State’s existenceShow moreShow less
IS has caused an extortionate number of deaths in the region as well as further displacement of Syrian nationals, which has hindered the peace process in Syria.
Finance and funding is where its hits the hardest for these militias. Without enough funding the Islamic State will become a lot weaker and eventually cease to exist.
The Islamic State has been selling oil to a web of buyers which has allowed for the longevity of the group's survival.
When these transactions stop, the funding required for keeping the petroleum technicians and engineers will disappear, and the decline in production will eventually have a huge effect on the terrorist group's operations.
[P1] Oil trade with IS provides the terrorist group with funding.
[P2] Cuts in funding with limit terrorist operations.