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Inheriting Syria

Bashar's Trial by Fire, Revised edition

By Flynt Leverett

In this revised and updated paperback, Flynt Leverett once again pulls back the curtains to present a fascinating and authoritative portrait of Syria under the leadership of the Asad dynasty, particularly the strategic legacy bequeathed from Hafez al-Asad to his son Bashar. It draws implications for U.S. policy, offering a bold new strategy for achieving American objectives. The revised edition includes coverage and analysis of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri, the UN investigative report that ensued, and the long-hoped-for Syrian pullout from Lebanon. As a foreign policy insider during the first administration of George W. Bush and as someone who has actually dealt with many of the key actors, including Bashar himself, Leverett is well positioned to discuss how to understand and approach this critically important nation.

A Saban Center book.

Praise for the hardback edition:

“The Syria of President Hafez Assad was.repressive, backward, and opaque. Today, almost 30 years later, Syria under the rule of Hafez’s son Bashar is still repressive and backward. But it has been rendered considerably less opaque thanks to Inheriting Syria, a succinct but masterful dissection by Flynt Leverett.”—Thomas W. Lippman, Washington Post Book World

“If Hafez Assad bore a resemblance to Don Corleone in The Godfather, then his heir, Bashar, Flynt Leverett suggests, could be the don’s son. Like Michael Corleone, Bashar Assad is an improbable successor, who promised to make the family enterprise legitimate but who operates in an environment that obstructs any such transformation.”—The Economist

“Throughout the book, Leverett gives the reader important insights and information on exactly what U.S. policy has been and currently is. To non-official Middle East watchers this is often a murky area, given the general inattention Syria has received. This makes Leverett’s thorough rationale for the approach he recommends particularly persuasive.”—Martha Neff Kessler, Middle East Policy

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