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The purpose of this project is to examine the escalation of the ongoing conflict in Syria, which began in 2011. It started with a peaceful protest against the Assad regime, after it developed into a bloody civil war within one year. To get an understanding to the question why the situation escalates in the way it did, there will be an analysis of three main factors: the ethnic and religious division of the Syrian society, the relationship between Syrians and its government framed as a (pathologic) trust relation and the involvement of different external actors. By conducting a multi-dimensional analysis of the conflict, we are able to deal with the complexity of the events. In combination, each of the three identified factors is heavily contributing to the escalation. Consequently, we emphasis especially on the inter play of the domestic and global factors.