Abstract

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.

Department

Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Date of Award

2-1-2016

Online Submission Date

November 2016

First Advisor

Pinfari, Marco

Committee Member 1

Hodgkins, Allison

Committee Member 2

Koehler, Kevin

Document Type

Thesis

Extent

146 p.

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The author retains all rights with regard to copyright. The author certifies that written permission from the owner(s) of third-party copyrighted matter included in the thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study has been obtained. The author further certifies that IRB approval has been obtained for this thesis, or that IRB approval is not necessary for this thesis. Insofar as this thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study is an educational record as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 USC 1232g), the author has granted consent to disclosure of it to anyone who requests a copy.

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