International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Syria-Iran Relations (2000-2014)
Dr. Nader Ibrahim M. Bani Nasur

The relationship between Syria and Iran has been a persistent feature on the political landscape of the Middle East for more than 34 years. The partnership between the two countries have a major impact on developments in the region, such as the Iraq war of 2003, the Israel-Hezbollah war of 2006 ,2008, 2014, and Iran’s role in the present Syrian uprising. The paper provides an analytical framework to understand the forces have shaped the alliance between the two countries. The paper also intends to investigate the roots of the Syrian-Iranian relations after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Since September 11th events, Iran has increasingly had impact on the issues such as war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon as well as the war against global terrorism. Additionally, the research also reveals strong military and financial ties, as well as political and ideological connections, which appear to preclude any sort serious or lasting break in the relationship. Nevertheless, the relationship among them has evolved, though they appear to have share interests in some circumstances. Finally, the paper highlights the Iranian interference and involvement, personally and militarily in the Syrian crisis and it’s implications on Iran’s relations with the rest of the Arab states in the region.

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