PWP Conflict Studies

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The Proxy Wars Project (PWP) aims to develop new insights for resolving the wars that beset the Arab world. While the conflicts in Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Iraq have internal roots, the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and others have all provided military and economic support to various belligerents. PWP Conflict Studies are papers written by recognized area experts that are designed to elucidate the complex relationship between internal proxies and external sponsors. PWP is jointly directed by Ariel Ahram (Virginia Tech) and Ranj Alaaldin (Brookings Doha Center) and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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  • A Perfect Proxy? The United States-Syrian Democratic Forces Partnership
    Maguire, Dylan (Virginia Tech Publishing, 2020-05-20)
    The US blueprint for operations in Syria included a “by, with, and through” approach to working with local proxies to fight ISIS insurgents. The approach also formed the framework for the United States–Syrian Democratic Forces partnership. However, the US–SDF relationship was never stable and ultimately broke down. In this paper Dylan Maguire examines the inherent challenges in the US–SDF relationship, as well as potential improvements that could be made to the US proxy selection framework to ensure more effective and sustainable proxy relationships in the future.
  • Foreign and Domestic Influences in the War in Yemen
    Baron, Adam (Virginia Tech. School of Public and International Affairs, 2019-07-23)
  • Proxy War Dynamics in Libya
    Harchaoui, Jalel; Lazib, Mohamed-Essaïd (Virginia Tech. School of Public and International Affairs, 2019-07-23)
  • Proxy War in Iraq
    Alaaldin, Ranj (Virginia Tech. School of Public and International Affairs, 2019-07-23)