Groh, Rita Boyajiah
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The Syrian civil war has been going on for over a decade and has caused the death of over 500,000 people and the displacement of thirteen million more. Ending the war has been difficult for policy makers worldwide due to the number of outside actors involved in the conflict. The most prominent actor that has made this task so difficult is Iran. Syria and Iran have been staunch allies since the inception of the Islamic Republic in 1979. Despite religious differences, their support for each other through the decades has proven extremely beneficial for both countries. When the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, Iran quickly aided its long-standing ally, Syrian President Bashir al-Assad. Iran's support of the Assad regime is a significant reason why the war has continued for so long and why Assad is still in power today. The war took many turns during its decade long endurance; however, one of the most impactful events didn't even occur on the battlefield in Syria, but rather from a nuclear treaty between Iran and Western countries. This thesis looks at the history of the Syria-Iran alliance. It evaluates Iran's motives for joining the war while comparing and contrasting Iran's involvement in the Syrian civil war, before and after the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to see the extent to which the deal affected Iran's involvement in the war.
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Iran--Foreign relations; Syria--History--Civil War, 2011-
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (2015 July 14)
Coulter, Kaitlin, "Iran's involvement in the Syrian civil war before and after JCPOA" (2023). Honors Theses.