Syrian Studies Association Bulletin, Vol 17, No 1 (2012)

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The Italian reaction to the Syrian crisis

Riccardo Gavioli

Abstract


The Syrian events have had a big echo in Italy, in particular because of the peculiarity that distinguishes them from the other occurrences of the so-called “Arab spring”. In this short article I will try to describe the Italian reaction to these events, showing two different areas of analysis, even if strictly related between them: the reaction/action of the government; the reaction/narration of the press. The sources that I used for this article are: the statements and the news disseminated by the Foreign Office ministry between March 2011 and April 2012; and the articles published, during the same period, by Il Corriere della Sera, one of the main Italian newspapers.


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