Syria (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, Aug 15, 2012 - History - 256 pages
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When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came to power upon his father's death in 2000, many in- and outside Syria held high hopes that the popular young doctor would bring long-awaited reform, that he would be a new kind of Middle East leader capable of guiding his country toward genuine democracy. David Lesch was one of those who saw this promise in Assad. A widely respected Middle East scholar and consultant, Lesch came to know the president better than anyone in the West, in part through a remarkable series of meetings with Assad between 2004 and 2009. Yet for Lesch, like millions of others, Assad was destined to disappoint. In this timely book, the author explores Assad's failed leadership, his transformation from bearer of hope to reactionary tyrant, and his regime's violent response to the uprising of his people in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Lesch charts Assad's turn toward repression and the inexorable steps toward the violence of 2011 and 2012. The book recounts the causes of the Syrian uprising, the regime's tactics to remain in power, the responses of other nations to the bloodshed, and the determined efforts of regime opponents. In a thoughtful conclusion, the author suggests scenarios that could unfold in Syria's uncertain future.

  

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Review: Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad

User Review  - فادي الذهبي - Goodreads

Syria is facing a global conspiracy. Bashar Al Asad is a great president. Fadi Al thahabi fthahabi@prandmedia.org Read full review

Review: Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad

User Review  - Kamil Salamah - Goodreads

Didn't really add much to what is already known. Read full review

Contents

Surviving
20
Syria is Different
38
No Its Not
55
The Regime Responds
69
Opposition Mounts
87
The International Response
122
All In
164
Whither Syria?
206
Notes
242
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