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Syria Under Assad: Domestic Constraints and Regional Risks Moshe Maoz

Syria Under Assad: Domestic Constraints and Regional Risks

Moshe Maoz

Published November 26th 2013
ISBN : 9781317818373
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288 pages
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One of the most striking developments in the modern Middle East was the transformation of Syria under Hafez al-Assad from a weak, vulnerable and internally divided state to a leading regional power. Based on a carefully selected collection ofMoreOne of the most striking developments in the modern Middle East was the transformation of Syria under Hafez al-Assad from a weak, vulnerable and internally divided state to a leading regional power. Based on a carefully selected collection of original articles, this volume focuses on the elements of Syria s power, on Syria s relations with each of its neighbours as well as on Syria s relations with the superpowers. In the final analysis, conclude the editors, Syrian policies appear paradoxical. Its conduct ever since the advent of Hafez al-Assad exhibits subtle and hard-nosed pragmatism. Yet, in order to consolidate the domestic legitimacy of the Alawi Ba athist regime, Syria has been impelled to articulate its foreign policy goals in the far-flung rhetoric of the Ba athist ideology. As a result Syria is widely perceived of as a menace and, treated as such, it often responds in kind.