Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire

Syria both perceives itself and is perceived by others as a keystone to regional peace and security.

Flynt Leverett, a senior fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute at the time of writing Inheriting Syria (Brookings, 2005), has focused in the book on the dilemma of Syria's regional power. On the one hand, Syria is not endowed with great wealth, natural resources, or social cohesion. On the other hand, Syria both perceives itself and is perceived by others as a keystone to regional peace and security.

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