The study of international relations provides a comprehensive understanding of the significant and substantial issues that our globalised world faces

The study of international relations provides a comprehensive understanding of the significant and substantial issues that our globalised world faces. In his book ‘International Relations Theories’, Steve Smith proposes that the “theories are like different coloured lenses: if you put one of them in front of your eyes, you will see things differently” (Smith, Kurki and Dunne, 2016: 11). Different lenses in international relations studies offer different perspectives on the Syrian Civil War. This essay will explore and analyze the Syrian conflict using the framework of two theories: realism and constructivism.
The study of international relations provides a comprehensive understanding of the significant and substantial issues that our globalised world faces. In his book ‘International Relations Theories’, Steve Smith proposes that the “theories are like different coloured lenses: if you put one of them in front of your eyes, you will see things differently” (Smith, Kurki and Dunne, 2016: 11). Different lenses in international relations studies offer different perspectives on the Syrian Civil War. This essay will explore and analyze the Syrian conflict using the framework of two theories: realism and constructivism.