The Truth about Syria

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-27
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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American policymakers have wrestled with the Syria question for years, but it has gained particular urgency in light of the war between Hezbollah and Israel and the country's continued support for the Iraq insurgency. With its mix of competing religious and ethnic groups, radical ideologies, and ferocious political repression, the growing tension surrounding Syria presents an increasingly serious problem for the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. Yet surprisingly, very little is known about this country and its role in shaping the destiny of the region. In this bold investigation, Middle East expert Barry Rubin looks at how the country has become the powderkeg of the Middle East and offers an insightful analysis of recent developments.

Author Biography

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and  author of The Long War for Freedom; Yasir Arafat; The Tragedy of the Middle East; and Hating America. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications. He is the editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Why Syria Mattersp. 1
The World's Most Unstable Country, 1946-1970p. 27
Assad's System, Then and Nowp. 43
Against All Neighborsp. 73
Surviving the 1990sp. 97
Dictator and Son, Inc.p. 125
The Great Challenge at Homep. 147
Turning the Tablesp. 171
The Counterattackp. 199
The Abyss Beckonsp. 235
Notesp. 265
Indexp. 285
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