The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria / Edition 1

The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria / Edition 1

by David W. Lesch
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300109911

ISBN-13: 9780300109917

Pub. Date: 11/11/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel, and Lebanon? Based on unique and extraordinary access to Syria’s President Bashar al-Asad, his circle, and his family, this book tells Syria’s inside story. David W. Lesch presents the essential account of this country and its enigmatic leader at a critical juncture in the

Overview

Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel, and Lebanon? Based on unique and extraordinary access to Syria’s President Bashar al-Asad, his circle, and his family, this book tells Syria’s inside story. David W. Lesch presents the essential account of this country and its enigmatic leader at a critical juncture in the history of the Middle East.

Syria has been called the crossroads of civilization for millennia. Lately, however, it is a nation more in the crosshairs than the crossroads. From the U.S. perspective, Syria is on the wrong side of history with respect to Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, the global war on terrorism, and the growth of democracy in the Middle East. Bashar al-Asad assumed the presidency in 2000 after the long reign of his father, Hafiz al-Asad, and soon encountered momentous regional and international events. Bashar’s efforts to integrate his country into this changing environment without being coerced have met with some success and some failure. The fate of Syria, very much tied to its young ophthalmologist-turned-president, will profoundly affect what type of Middle East emerges in the near future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300109917
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvi
Prefacevii
Note on the Textxiii
1Two Phone Calls1
2The Asads of Syria5
3Syria in the Middle East20
4From Eye Doctor to Heir Apparent57
5Seasons in Damascus81
6The "Rogue State" and the United States98
7A "Strategic Choice for Peace"144
8Syria is Not Iraq176
9"The raw material is the brain"198
10The Man229
Appendix244
Notes246
Select Bibliography274
Index277

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