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Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria

by Nikolaos van Dam I.B.Tauris
Pub Date:
08/2017
ISBN:
9781784537975
Format:
Pbk 224 pages
Price:
AU$24.99 NZ$26.08
Product Status: In Stock Now
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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 indepth 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.
‘[A] monumental work on Syrian power politics’


- Robert Fisk, The Independent


‘An excellent book’


- Patrick Seale


‘An admirable study… invaluable for anyone with a serious interest in Middle Eastern politics’


- Peter Mansfield
Nikolaos van Dam is a specialist on Syria and has served as Ambassador of the Netherlands to Indonesia, Germany, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq.