Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dawn Rothe (Director)
The purpose of this study is to examine U.S. foreign policy in Iraq and Syria and the rise of violent extremist groups such as ISIS. By utilizing the integrated theory of violations of international criminal laws and the realpolitik theoretical frame, this qualitative case study analysis will explore how the U.S. foreign policy, driven by realpolitik and neo-liberalism in Iraq and Syria, resulted in the rise of violent extremist groups such as ISIS. It was concluded that if the United States were to remove the Assad regime and dismantle the Alawite ruling class as it did with the Hussein regime and the Ba'ath party in Iraq, it would leave Syria with an immediate power vacuum that could easily be filled by Sunni backed extremist groups, including ISIS.
Pedigo, Sarah N.. "United States Interventions: Power Vacuums and the Rise of Extremist Groups" (2016). Master of Arts (MA), thesis, Sociology/Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University, https://digitalcommons.odu.edu/sociology_criminaljustice_etds/6