Gain an understanding of the ongoing Syria conflict in 'Syria: A Conflict Explored', a season of exhibitions and events held at IWM North— part of IWM's Conflict Now programming strand.

Christopher Phillips, Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, has co-curated 'Syria: Story Of A Conflict' alongside IWM, looking at the origins, escalations and human impact of the conflict.

Here he answers frequently asked questions about the events in Syria and beyond and explains the UK's involvement in the conflict, the role played by ISIS and the refugee crisis caused by the conflict. 

Find out more about the exhibitions and activities here.

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Why Is The Syria Conflict So Complex?

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How Is ISIS Involved In Syria?

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Is The Syria Conflict All About Religion?

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What Is Russia Doing In Syria?

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How Are Syria's Kurds Involved In The Conflict?

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How Is The UN Involved In Syria?

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Chemical Weapons In Syria

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Was The Syria Conflict Started By The Arab Spring?

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Why Is There A Refugee Crisis?

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Could The US Stop The Syria Conflict?

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What Is The Free Syrian Army?

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How Is The UK Involved In Syria?

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A cyclist watches a fire caused by the explosion of a mortar shell
© Sergey Ponomarev
Contemporary conflict
Reporting from Syria
Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Sergey Ponomarev has covered subjects ranging from daily life in his homeland of Russia to conflicts including the Libyan civil war and combat in Afghanistan. 
Free Syrian Army
© Rick Findler
Contemporary conflict
Photographing the Free Syrian Army with Rick Findler
During a trip to Aleppo, Rick Findler took this image of Free Syrian Army fighters using a catapult to fire home-made explosives.