The Syrian Conflict raises some important issues, some would say contradictions, in how the West conceptualises democratic transition.
The Assad regime has committed to holding a referendum on Article 8 of the Syrian Constitution in two weeks. The article has heretofore prevented any genuine democratic dialogue, with Assad’s secular socialist Ba’ath party, representing an Alawate minority, defined as the “leading party in the society and the state”. It is thus assured a permanent majority in parliament.
The Eureka Youth League, a controversial white-separatist offshoot from the far-right Australia First Party, has recently received media attention surrounding its controversial policies that include putting an end to international students in Australia.
Placing emphasis on universities as a vital area for political influence to be exerted, the party credits this as the reason for “nationalist students to acquire direction and begin to plan for the campus fight-soon to begin”.