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Matar, Dina (2019) 'The Syrian Regime’s Strategic Communication: Practices and Ideology.' International Journal of Communication, 13. pp. 2398-2416.

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This article addresses the Syrian regime’s strategic communication as a practice of politics that runs hand in hand with its repressive political, social, and military tactics to control the political sphere, win the ongoing civil war in the country, and violently suppress its opponents since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011. Drawing on primary and secondary sources as well as discourse analysis of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main speeches since 2011, the article suggests that this strategy is a dynamic practice of politics that combines the mobilization of media and cultural genres as technologies of power with a political language rooted in the Ba’ath Party’s ideology to legitimate the regime’s war against its opponents, ensure support, and summon citizens as political subjectivities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Syrian civil war, Assad, Ba’th Party, strategic communication, practices, ideology, media, political subjectivities
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Global Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences
ISSN: 19328036
Copyright Statement: © 2019 Dina Matar. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd). Available at:
Date Deposited: 31 May 2019 07:11
Related URLs: https://ijoc.or ... view/10205/2667 (Publisher URL)

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