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Predicting the duration of the Syrian insurgency

Pilster, U and B�hmelt, T (2014) 'Predicting the duration of the Syrian insurgency.' Research & Politics, 1 (2). p. 205316801454458. ISSN 2053-1680

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Abstract

While there were several relatively short uprisings in Northern Africa and the Middle East during the Arab Spring, the dispute between the rebels and government forces in Syria has evolved into a full-scale civil war. We try to predict the length of the Syrian insurgency with a three-stage technique. Using out-of-sample techniques, we first assess the predictive capacity of 69 explanatory variables for insurgency duration. After determining the model with the highest predictive power, we categorize Syria according to the variables in this final model. Based on in-sample approaches, we then predict the duration of the Syrian uprising for three different scenarios. The most realistic point prediction is 5.12 years from the insurgency?s start, which suggests an end date between the end of 2016 and early 2017.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2015 11:15
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:39
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13819

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