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Syria entered a new phase with the death of its long-serving leader, Hafiz al-Asad, and the accession of his son Bashar in 2000. While the new president has disappointed much of the hopes for political opening which he himself has created, Syria is clearly undergoing a process of change. The author analyses the factors of economic and political change in the country, and gives a portrait of its new leadership.
|Introduction : Syria in a period of change||5|
|Ch. 1||Managing modernisation : domestic politics and the limits of change||7|
|Ch. 2||Economic challenges and policy responses||27|
|Ch. 3||Coping with external challenges||41|
|Conclusion : domestic demands and regional risks||61|