R. Ziadeh/Power and Policy in Syria_Book Review

Carol J. Riphenburg


While writing before the wave of revolutions that has lately spread across the Middle East, Ziadeh provides an insider’s point of view on Syrian politics during Bashar al-Asad’s first decade of power.  In its five chapters, Ziadeh’s work mentions Syria’s history after independence in 1946, the country’s domestic politics including Hafez al-Asad’s rise to power, the succession of Bashar al-Asad, and the Damascus spring, Syria’s foreign policy, and a final chapter dealing with the nation’s Islamic politics.  In addition to general information about Syrian politics since 1970, Ziadeh’s work provides a discerning presentation of the intelligence services sustaining the omnipresent Asad presidencies. 

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