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In the Lion's Den

An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria

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A key player in the Middle East and the site of violent protests in 2011, Syria has long been a thorn in Washington's side when it comes to forging peace or rolling back the influence of the Islamic republic of Iran. But only after the events of 9/11 and Damascus's staunch opposition to the war in Iraq did the U.S. government begin an unannounced campaign to pressure President Bashar al-Assad's regime to revamp its regional and domestic policies. The book vividly captures Tabler's behind-the-scenes experiences and provides a firsthand look at 21st-century Syria and Washington's attempts to craft a "New Middle East." Examining the effects of the neoconservatives' strategy and asking what went wrong and how Washington can achieve a new relationship with this pivotal Middle Eastern nation, this investigation provides a rare glimpse into U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 11, 2011 – Tabler, a fellow in the Arab politics program at the Washington Institute, offers a firsthand account of U.S. relations with Syria during the Bush administration in this timely and objective memoir. A journalist and fluent Arabist, the author resided in Damascus from 2001 to 2008, where he cofounded with the support and encouragement of Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad Syria Today, a quarterly magazine on Syrian affairs. From his unique perch, the author watched as U.S.-Syrian relations that historically "oscillated between isolation and engagement" took a decided turn for the worse, with the U.S. imposing sanctions on Syria in 2004. The ensuing cold war between Washington and Damascus was exacerbated by Syria's implication in the murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, the spreading Iranian influence in Syria, and revelations about Syria's secret nuclear aspirations. Despite his language skills, long residency in Syria, and insider connections, Tabler has limited success penetrating the opaque Syrian regime and remains a frustrated witness to the end, able to eloquently describe what happened, but unable to explain why with any confidence. But with the Assad dictatorship now facing widespread internal protests and reliable information scarce, Tabler's frontline report offers readers a chilling glimpse of an enigmatic regime.
In the Lion's Den
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  • Category: Military
  • Published: Sep 01, 2011
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Seller: Chicago Review Press, Inc. DBA Independent Publishers Group
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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