Social conditions in southern Syria: a source of strength for change

Southern Syria is vulnerable to both the external and also internal forces threatening it today. A traditional region where tribal and family loyalties matter, it is also torn by sectarian loyalties.

Neighbouring countries have sought to influence the population and put pressure on an already unstable situation, as Ghazi Dahman writes.

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