The conflict in Syria -- a perspective on the prism of proxy war

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 The conflict in Syria -- a perspective on the prism of proxy war


The nature of the war is more diverse. The agent war in the Cold War era is mainly represented by the two kinds of ideological confrontation between the East and the west, such as the Vietnam War and the Cuban civil war. Since the end of the cold war, especially in the new century, ideological struggle has been gradually replaced by religious disputes and geopolitical games. In the past 7 years, the key to the intensifying conflict in Syria is that it is not only a civil war, but also a sectarian confrontation between the Sunni and the Shiites, but also a geopolitical struggle between the United States and Russia and other world powers. Even worse, the Syria conflict has been branded as a war against terrorism because of the terrorist forces such as the militants of the Islamic state, the Syria branch of the base organization, and other terrorist forces. The diversification of war means that the new agent war is a complication and is hard to cure with a medicine. The agency relationship tends to be complex. During the cold war, the operator behind the agents War was usually only between the United States and the Soviet Union, such as the Vietnam war that began in the 60s of the last century, the civil war in Angola in 70s, and the civil war in Nicaragua in 80s. Nowadays, with the more diversified nature of agents War, the number of players involved has increased significantly, and the agency relationship has tended to be complicated. Todays Syria is not only the main battlefield between the Bashar administration and the armed opposition, but also the battle field between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as the game field between the US and Russia. Over the past two years, with the direct involvement of Israel and Turkey in the Syria conflict, there has been fierce competition between the parties. According to statistics, there are 12 countries participating in the game of conflict in Syria. The complicating of the agency relationship means that the difficulty of compromise between the parties to the conflict is increasing, and the hope of ending the conflict is even more slim. The role of regional power is rising. Recently, the United States and Russia have been fighting against suspected weapons. Local time April 14th, the United States, Britain and France carried out a precise strike against the target in the Syrian territory, and Russia made a clear statement that it would not sit idly by. Despite the high voice of the US and Russia, there is no dispute about the fact that the US and Russia are reluctant to intervene in the Syria conflict too deeply. In contrast, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers play a prominent role in the Syria conflict. Saudi Arabia and Iran have been in the center of the storm since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict: Saudi Arabia has been providing funds and weapons to the armed opposition, and the majority of US weapons are flowing into the hands of the opposition by Saudi Arabia; Iran has provided full support to the Bashar administration, and the support is not inferior to Russia. At the same time, Israel has been combating the military targets of Hizbollah and Iran in the territory of the country since 2012, and the strength of the attack has been increasing; in January this year, Turkey launched the action of the olive branch and sent troops into the northern part of the Syrian area to combat Kurdish armed forces. If the Syria conflict is a boxing match, then Iran, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers are undoubtedly the main boxers, the United States and Russia are more like the coach, in charge of the key time. The role of regional powers in the proxy war is in line with the trend of world multi polarization, and will become a prominent feature of agent war in the future. (Chen Hanghui Chen Yuchen)