Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire

Inheriting Syria Bashar s Trial by Fire Syria has long presented a difficult problem for American policymakers Actively supportive of groups such as Hezbollah it has occupied Lebanon for than years Damascus remains intransigent on Israe

  • Title: Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire
  • Author: Flynt Leverett
  • ISBN: 9780815752042
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Syria has long presented a difficult problem for American policymakers Actively supportive of groups such as Hezbollah, it has occupied Lebanon for than 20 years Damascus remains intransigent on Israel s complete withdrawal from the disputed Golan Heights as the sine qua non for peace with that state It is often mentioned in the same breath as members of the infamoSyria has long presented a difficult problem for American policymakers Actively supportive of groups such as Hezbollah, it has occupied Lebanon for than 20 years Damascus remains intransigent on Israel s complete withdrawal from the disputed Golan Heights as the sine qua non for peace with that state It is often mentioned in the same breath as members of the infamous axis of evil Syria occupies an important strategic position in the Middle East one made even significant as America considers long term involvement in the reconstruction of Iraq As the policy challenges posed by Syria s problematic behavior have grown pressing in the recent security environment, the United States has had difficulty formulating a coherent and effective policy toward Damascus The death of long time dictator Hafiz al Assad has forced renewed debate on its place in the region The transition from Assad to his son Bashar has thrown Western consensus on how to deal with the Syrian leadership further into doubt In heriting Syria fills this void with a detailed analytic portrait of the Syrian regime under Bashar s leadership It draws implications for U.S policy, offering a bold new strategy for achieving American objectives, largely via a strategy of coordinated engagement employing both sticks and carrots This strategy would be independent of the Arab Israeli peace process, thus a historical departure for the United States The author s long service in the foreign policy establishment has uniquely positioned him to provide valuable insights into this mysterious yet important country This book will be of high interest to those concerned about the Middle East, the war on terror, and the future of American foreign policy Written for a general audience as well as the policymaking and academic communities,her iting Syria is is an important resource for all who seek deeper understanding of this enigmatic nation and its leadership.

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    1. يتحدث الكتاب باسلوب غربي احترافي عن منظومة الحكم في سورية التي صنعها الرئيس الراحل حافظ الاسد و التي حضرت لابنه كل الركائز الضرورية ليستند اليها ابنه المدلل بشار ليكون استمرارا لدولة قائمة على رعاية مصالح ضيقة بشبكة علاقات اقليمية و دولية تضمن ديمومة هذا الجسد القبيح الذي [...]

    2. I was wary about reading this book because of the author's experience as a CIA analyst and a policy staffer for the U.S. State Department, meaning that the entire book was going to be written in the framework of U.S. foreign policy interests, but the year in which the book was published (2005, which is clearly before the Syrian humanitarian/refugee crisis and insurgency of the Islamic State) convinced me to see exactly what was in plan for the U.S.' dealing with the Asad regime before the occurr [...]

    3. RIVETING. I loved this book. It was so informative and well constructed. The prose is very spare and although it is not a short book, it consists of only five chapters. It reads more like an extended, in-depth Foreign Policy article than a book, but it was so intelligent and clear that I still found it very readable.That said, I don't think the audience for this book is a very wide one. If you are not already interested in Syria under the Assads, this book will not whet your appetite. It assumes [...]

    4. Political, economic, and domestic life is heavily analyzed in this book. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to understand the foundation of Syria post World War 2. It was written in 2005, many years before the Syrian situation of today. The writer, while having an inherited, doctrinal bias, isn't blatant and doesn't obfuscate facts or try to justify truths of history. More or less, it seems that the writer wanted to give as clear as possible, a picture of the socio-political environment in Sy [...]

    5. الكتاب من الناحية الجوهرية فهو كتاب جيد و مهم *هو يتحدث عن فترة مهمة من تاريخ سوربة وكيفية اتخاذ القرار فبها *في الكتاب بعض المبالغات التقديرية من قبل الكاتب * الكتاب سيئ من الناحية الترجمية للغة العربية وهناك بعض التشويش من قبل المترجمتم حذف بعض النقاط في الترجمة العربية وهذ [...]

    6. This book is quite old now, but it still served it's purpose of providing a brief history of Hafez's time in the Presidency, as well as the first few years of Bashar's. Quick read with decent information - even a decade (and with plenty of new developments in the region/country) on.

    7. يثبت الكتاب مجددا أن السياسة السورية و تعقيد المجتمع السوري ما يزالان عصيان على فهم الادارات الاميريكية المتعاقبة

    8. A really neat look into the Syrian royal family. It outlines the problems that Bashar faces in the domestic political arena and gives an inside look at Syrian politics and government.

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