The Struggle for Power in Syria: Politics and Society Under Asad and the Ba'th Party (Paperback)
In the midst of turmoil in the Middle East, and in the face of protests and demonstrations from Homs to Damascus and other places all over Syria, the Ba'th Party and Bashar al-Asad are truly caught up in a struggle to hold onto power in Syria. In this important book, Nikolaos van Dam explores and explains how the Asad dynasty has come to rule Syria for about half a century and keep the complex patchwork of minorities, factions and opponents securely under control for such an unprecedented long period. Through an in-depth examination of the role of sectarian, regional and tribal loyalties, van Dam traces developments within the Ba'th party and the military and civilian power elite from the 1963 Ba'thist takeover up to the present day.
"[A] monumental work on Syrian power politics." – Robert Fisk, The Independent "An excellent book." -- Patrick Seale "An admirable study... invaluable for anyone with a serious interest in Middle Eastern politics." --
Peter Mansfield "The most informative explanation of the effects of sectarianism and regionalism on Syrian politics." -- Philip S. Khoury, MERIP Reports "[an] excellent study of the sectarian bases of Syrian politics." -- Foreign Affairs "Only a handful of important books have been written on modern Syria; and Nikolaos van Dam's The Struggle for Power in Syria is one of them." -- Joshua Landis, International Journal of Middle East Studies