The above discussed theoretical formulations of realism can be applied to the complex Syrian conflict

The above discussed theoretical formulations of realism can be applied to the complex Syrian conflict. This conflict can be regarded as a power struggle among foreign states that are involved in the conflict and have disputing interests. The al-Assad government’s support from Russia, China and Iran (together with its ally ‘Hezbollah’) can be viewed as an effort to limit the United States’ power in the international system. These polities aim to effectively prevent the United States of America from gaining any sort of advantage over North Africa and the Middle East by forming alliances with Syria and vetoing any involvement of the United Nations Security Council (Yan, 2013).