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The White Helmets: Unneutral in the Syrian Conflict

Abstract

The White Helmets of Syria, or the Syrian Civil Defense as it is also referred, claims to be an unarmed and neutral volunteer organization whose mission is to rescue civilians affected by the Syrian conflict. It is important to investigate volunteer groups such as the White Helmets to make sure that they remain true to their claims and uphold their mission. Especially when Western funding, private or public, is involved. This research addresses the questions: are the White Helmets truly unarmed and nonpartisan in the Syrian conflict? Or are these claims merely a cover for an untold mission; such as regime change in Syria? Considering financial contributions to the White Helmets, media surrounding the organization, and the history of regime change in conflict zones; this research has found that the White Helmets are not entirely impartial in the Syrian conflict. Though the White Helmets are a legit recuse group who have saved civilians during the Syrian conflict, this does not mean that they have upheld all of their claims. In vying for regime change by choosing a side in the conflict, the White Helmets are in turn encouraging the Syrian Civil War to continue. Western funding is unknowingly supporting the mission of regime change because of the White Helmet’s lack of neutrality in the Syrian conflict.

Modified Abstract

The White Helmets of Syria claim to be a neutral and unarmed volunteer organization whose mission is to rescue civilians affected by the Syrian conflict. It is important to investigate groups such as the White Helmets to make sure that they remain true to their claims and uphold their mission. This research addresses the question: are the White Helmets truly nonpartisan in the Syrian conflict? Considering financial contributions to the White Helmets, media surrounding the organization, and the history of regime change in conflict zones; this research has found that the White Helmets are not entirely impartial in the Syrian conflict. Though the White Helmets are a legit rescue group, this does not mean that they have upheld all of their claims.

Research Category

Political Sciences/Philosophy/History

Primary Author's Major

English

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Sara

Koopman

Presentation Format

Oral

Start Date

April 2019

Research Area

Politics and Social Change

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The White Helmets: Unneutral in the Syrian Conflict

The White Helmets of Syria, or the Syrian Civil Defense as it is also referred, claims to be an unarmed and neutral volunteer organization whose mission is to rescue civilians affected by the Syrian conflict. It is important to investigate volunteer groups such as the White Helmets to make sure that they remain true to their claims and uphold their mission. Especially when Western funding, private or public, is involved. This research addresses the questions: are the White Helmets truly unarmed and nonpartisan in the Syrian conflict? Or are these claims merely a cover for an untold mission; such as regime change in Syria? Considering financial contributions to the White Helmets, media surrounding the organization, and the history of regime change in conflict zones; this research has found that the White Helmets are not entirely impartial in the Syrian conflict. Though the White Helmets are a legit recuse group who have saved civilians during the Syrian conflict, this does not mean that they have upheld all of their claims. In vying for regime change by choosing a side in the conflict, the White Helmets are in turn encouraging the Syrian Civil War to continue. Western funding is unknowingly supporting the mission of regime change because of the White Helmet’s lack of neutrality in the Syrian conflict.