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Samer Abboud


Capital Flight and the Consequences of the War Economy

[Syrians in old Damascus, an area which used to be teeming with foreign tourists at this time of the year. May 2011. Photo by Muzaffar Salman/AP Photo.]

As the Syrian conflict enters its second year, it is obvious that the war economy is becoming structurally entrenched and can no longer be considered merely a temporary episode. This entrenchment demands immediate analysis in order to help us understand the long-term consequences of the conflict. These include the ability of the country to engage in a meaningful reconstruction process, the new relationships between the current elite and the post-conflict authority, and, most ...

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Samer N. Abboud is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Arcadia University and a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. He completed his doctorate at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter where he conducted research on marketization in Syria.