Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria

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I.B.Tauris, Jul 30, 2017 - Political Science - 208 pages
Following the Arab Spring, Syria descended into civil and sectarian conflict. It has since become a fractured warzone which operates as a breeding ground for new terrorist movements including ISIS as well as the root cause of the greatest refugee crisis in modern history. In this book, former Special Envoy of the Netherlands to Syria Nikolaos van Dam explains the recent history of Syria, covering the growing disenchantment with the Assad regime, the chaos of civil war and the fractures which led to the rise and expansion of ISIS. Through an in-depth examination of the role of sectarian, regional and tribal loyalties in Syria, van Dam traces political developments within the Assad regime and the military and civilian power elite from the Arab Spring to the present day.

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An excellent realist summary on what has happened and is happening in Syria. A must-read!

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About the author (2017)

Nikolaos van Dam is a Dutch scholar, a specialist on Syria and served as Ambassador of the Netherlands to Indonesia, Germany, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq.