Syria: 2030

Like most other nations with plenty of oil reserves, Syria is a beautiful country that is located in the Middle East. It is home to many diverse ethnic and religious groups, with Muslims making up most of its population. Used to be led by president Bashar al-Assad until the fall of his regime due to the work of his oppositions also known as the rebellious groups whom disagreed with his regime. Neighbouring countries include Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, which are also some of the other high oil reserves. Syria is a country where most of the economy is in the hands of the government. It is important to note that in many countries throughout the world, there exists lots of people and groups that are against the government’s rule, but in Syria everything with regards to that issue was different. In Syria, portions of the population formed their own rebellious groups, with a clear objective and purpose to overthrow the Assad regime. Since the start of the conflict (March 2011), various different components of Syria, including the economic, social and political fields have been facing major issues and have remained quite unstable for years.

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Country has fallen

The problematic situation in Syria, with regards to state sovereignty still exists after many years of continuous struggles. The gradual weakening of Assad’s regime after almost twenty years of fighting and the steady loss of soldiers throughout the years has become a global security issue, which could have a measured influence on the rest of the world. At this point in time, the country has been divided into different parts, with different groups of relatively powerful rebels and organizations competing for land and status. The growth of these rebellious groups is also an undeniable fact, with ISIS being one of the most powerful terrorist organizations. Unfortunately after many triumphs by Islamist rebels against the Syrian regime, they have gained a substantial amount of power and their taste for taking over of areas could mean the surrounding countries are at risk. Also with the funds raised by their projects, they have obtained more powerful weapons and the possibility of potentially creating more advanced weapons. For example, nuclear weapons are now a problem that other nations are beginning to worry about. With their improved weaponry and artillery, they could gain the additional power to attack nations without the need to physically deploy soldiers and be present at the target area. Many lives have been lost in the process, some have been killed, and some have died due to the lack of food and due to many other reasons. Terrorist organizations are constantly strengthening, and with such high levels of instability and uncertainty in the country, there is a much greater risk of Syria's land being completely overtaken and ruined. Refugees are on the rise, and many of them are fleeing out of the country and The most damning aspect of this issue is the instability that these rebellious groups have caused and their unpredictable mind sets. They are a big danger to society and the only way to proceed from here is to either send forces to eliminate them, or to control them in order to promote and retain a greater level of stability.

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A new government

The government of a country has various roles, which if followed, are designed to control the population and make the lives of its people better, easier and fairer. Assad’s regime has caused a lot of trouble to the population of Syria, and his military force has provoked many, which in many cases joined the rebels with their terrible acts towards the population. After the terrible acts of the Syrian government and their soldiers, a high percentage of the population have been left in poverty to the point where they are not able to afford the basic needs for survival. Although during this time, Assad completely denied the allegations of hostility towards the people of Syria, the evidence and interviews with important people proved otherwise. Government took upon themselves and acted as the judge and executioner in many cases and had been committing war crimes all throughout the process. Government corruption was another major issue, which was denied by the government during Assad's time in power. Lack of government's efforts towards creating more strict laws and being tough on corruption related issues allowed such acts to happen during Assad's time in power. The only way to put a stop to these acts and prevent any corruption a new government with an exceptional leader needs to take over and become the change in this country. Using the help of other nations after being able to get passed the rebels, they need to implement a new government that is carried by a more experienced and caring leader that works only toward making Syria a better place and improve their surrounding environment.

The Syrian conflict has had a gigantic effect on Syria's economy and has created an economic crisis that will make it very difficult for a new government to take over. As the downward trend of economy and GDP continued during the conflict process the issue continued to grow. The energy infrastructure has been severely damaged, no new projects were assigned, currently new ongoing projects were put on hold and the production of oil dropped due to the oil-rich territories take over by different rebellious groups and other organizations. Oil being one of the most important resources that a country counts on and it produces dropping to such low numbers illustrates the mess Syria is in. The income of Syria has been quite low. The country was unproductive and was not able to develop and improve, at the same debts and geographic division continued to worsen. All of the problems led to a huge economic crisis and the problem become so massive that the need of outside sources were necessary for survival. Outside sources provided food and energy needs, which are mostly necessary for survival to Assad's regime and his oppositions. The population on the inside of the country has changed dramatically. People started to work more riskier jobs and it became the norm to do jobs that were against the law or risky due to people's need for money and a source of income. Importance of a nation's economy and its values have been illustrated through the works of many educated politicians and philosophers for years. Marxism in particular, inspired by two German philosophers: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, is a key worldview that shows many important aspects of a nation including its future and is centered around the economy of that nation. With that being said, of course what was mentioned is one view  to consider as there exist other views that put more emphasis on other aspects of a nation. To rebuild the system and recover from this mess, a cohesive power is required that puts aside all issues and focuses only on rebuilding the country.

Loss of Syria's economic future

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Syria’s new government needs to re-establish ties with the rest of the world, and to demonstrate a willingness to cooperate and respect its population. The people of Syria have been at an extreme disadvantage over the past several years, with tons of corruption, very high levels of poverty, an unstable economic situation, and a serious threat to state sovereignty and the neighbouring nations from ISIS and other terrorist organizations. Change is required in order to ensure greater prosperity for the nation, and its people. Assad’s regime put Syria very behind, and in order for progress to be made, there needs to be a brand new, total re-think, and radical approach. A new government must be instilled, and there needs to be transparency within the ranks, in order to promote a new way of governing and a change of leadership.

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