Friday, November 28, 2008

‘The View from Damascus’

Itamar Rabinovich's "new" book is 'The View from Damascus: State, Political Community and Foreign Relations in Twentieth-Century Syria', (MESH) here
"....The accent of the essays dealing with foreign relations is on two themes: Syria’s transformation under Hafez al-Asad from a weak state to a powerful regional actor, and the evolution of its relationship with Israel from the pure hostility of earlier decades to the mix of conflict and negotiations since 1991.The volume’s concluding essay is taken from a forthcoming monograph written for the Saban Center at Brookings and dealing with the trilateral relationship between Washington, Jerusalem and Damascus during the past eight years. It was written with an eye to the unfolding policy debate in the United States and Israel...."

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