This thesis examined both the rationale and objectives of states in resorting to air power in contemporary, asymmetrical conflicts in the Middle East, focusing on the three cases of aerial operations on Hezbollah in Lebanon, ISIS in Syria, and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The thesis concluded that states adopt post-heroic military policies that prioritize avoiding casualties among the ranks of their armed forces, which carries a series of negative consequences on achieving the objectives of the war, especially amid limited or no backing by ground and naval troops.


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Graduation Date


Submission Date

November 2016

First Advisor

Pinfari, Marco

Committee Member 1

Hodgkins, Allison

Committee Member 2

Koehler, Kevin


146 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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