With the White House’s recent announcement that it intends to engage in military strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria in response to its purported use of chemical weapons, the ongoing Syrian civil war has once again been thrust into international spotlight. For many who have not followed the conflict since it began in 2011, the reasons for the renewed interest in Syria are perhaps unclear, even as officials continue to spell out the extent of the death and carnage.
The AU Library has access to a streaming documentary, Syria: The Assads’ Twilight, that explains the country’s backgrounds and the conditions leading to the civil war. The documentary was produced before the civil war entered its deadliest phase, and as such, it only addresses how the Assad regime’s actions created a brittle state what was, at the time, on the verge of collapse. However, it is an extremely useful hour-long primer for those wishing to learn more about the conditions leading to the current conflict.
For those wishing to view the film at library, we also have a DVD version available for in-house viewing (DVD 10636).
(Viewers must be on AU campus or logged into WRLC Catalog to view this content.)