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The New Lion of Damascus

Bashar Al-Asad And Modern Syria

By David W Lesch

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.

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Format: Book
Author: Lesch, David W
Summary: "Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel, and Lebanon? This is the inside story. David Lesch has had unique and extraordinary access to Syria's president, his circle, and his family. At a critical juncture in the history of the Middle East this is the essential account of contemporary Syria and its enigmatic leader." "Bashar al-Asad succeeded his father, Hafiz al-Asad, as Syrian president in 2000. Inheriting a worn-down dictatorship, he soon encountered momentous regional and international issues involving the global war on terror and the growth of democracy in the Middle East. While Bashar seeks a seamless integration into a changing political environment, many in Syria fear the loss of the political and economic power they enjoyed during the reign of Hafiz al-Asad." "David Lesch's account of contemporary Syria and its leader is vital to an understanding of Syria's current place in the world, its past, present, and future. The fate of Syria says much about what type of Middle East is emerging, and that fate is very much tied to Syria's young ophthalmologist-turned-president, Bashar al-Asad."--BOOK JACKET.
Title: The new lion of Damascus : Bashar al-Asad and modern Syria / David W. Lesch.
Publisher Date: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2005.
Subject: Assad, Bashar, 1965- Syria -- Politics and government -- 2000-
Isbn: 0300109911 (cl. : alk. paper) 9780300109917 (cl. : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Lesch, David W.
Summary: "Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel, and Lebanon? This is the inside story. David Lesch has had unique and extraordinary access to Syria's president, his circle, and his family. At a critical juncture in the history of the Middle East this is the essential account of contemporary Syria and its enigmatic leader." "Bashar al-Asad succeeded his father, Hafiz al-Asad, as Syrian president in 2000. Inheriting a worn-down dictatorship, he soon encountered momentous regional and international issues involving the global war on terror and the growth of democracy in the Middle East. While Bashar seeks a seamless integration into a changing political environment, many in Syria fear the loss of the political and economic power they enjoyed during the reign of Hafiz al-Asad." "David Lesch's account of contemporary Syria and its leader is vital to an understanding of Syria's current place in the world, its past, present, and future. The fate of Syria says much about what type of Middle East is emerging, and that fate is very much tied to Syria's young ophthalmologist-turned-president, Bashar al-Asad."--BOOK JACKET.
Title: The new lion of Damascus : Bashar al-Asad and modern Syria / David W. Lesch.
Publisher, Date: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2005.
Description: xii, 288 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., 1 map ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Assad, Bashar, 1965-
Subjects: Syria -- Politics and government -- 2000-
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [246]-276) and index.
Contents: Two phone calls -- The Asads of Syria -- Syria in the Middle East -- From eye doctor to heir apparent -- Seasons in Damascus -- The "rogue state" and the United States -- A "strategic choice for peace" -- Syria is not Iraq -- "The raw material is the brain" -- The man.
LCCN: 2005011804
ISBN: 0300109911 (cl. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780300109917 (cl. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 956.91 Les