This past weekend, I wrote almost all of the history section of my paper. I began during World War I, and quickly moved to the Husseyn-McMahon Correspondence, Sykes-Picot agreement, and T.E. Lawrence. I continued through the French Mandate and spent a lot of time on how the Baath party changed its ideals to become a militaristic dictatorship, and the origins of Alawaite control of the military (ethnic discrimination by Sunnis). It was a lot of hard work, but it was also a ton of fun. I still need to finish up the last section, and I need to edit a little bit more, but I believe its a strong start. The picture below is a screenshot of some of the paper.
This past Friday I met with my outside of school advisor for about 45 minutes. It was a wonderful conversation, and I have crafted almost my entire thesis. I am also hoping to find a way for my advisor (Dr. Lawrence Davidson) to return to Westtown for a Shoemaker, or at least to speak to classes. My final thesis is essentially going to be that I believe that the there is no conceivable way that Bashar al-Assad will lose control of the Syrian government, because of the outside intervention and his own military prowess. This is a bold point to come from, and it is going to be hard to explain concisely.