Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire by Flynt Leverett
Syria has long presented a difficult problem for American policymakers. Actively supportive of groups such as Hezbollah, it has occupied Lebanon for more than 20 years. Damascus remains intransigent on Israel's complete withdrawal from the disputed Golan Heights as the sine qua non for peace with that state. It is often mentioned in the same breath as members of the infamous "axis of evil." Yet Syria occupies an important strategic position in the Middle East —one made even more significant as America considers long-term involvement in the reconstruction of Iraq. Inheriting Syria fills this void with a detailed analytic portrait of the Syrian regime under Assad's leadership. It draws implications for U.S. policy and offers a bold new strategy for achieving American objectives.