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  • A sampler of books on Syria

    A sampler of books on Syria

    As pro-democracy activists continue to battle the government of Bashar al-Assad, Syria looks likely to remain in the headlines for weeks and months to come. For those hoping to better understand one of the most influential countries in the current Mideast power dynamic, here are six books – a mix of literature, history, and politics – that offer insight.

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  • A sampler of books on Syria

    A sampler of books on Syria

    As pro-democracy activists continue to battle the government of Bashar al-Assad, Syria looks likely to remain in the headlines for weeks and months to come. For those hoping to better understand one of the most influential countries in the current Mideast power dynamic, here are six books – a mix of literature, history, and politics – that offer insight.

  • Syria's Assad regime gets little sympathy from neighbors

    Syria's Assad regime gets little sympathy from neighbors

    Bashar al-Assad and his father, Hafez al-Assad, kept Syria stable for 40 years through Machiavellian guile and ruthlessness, while sowing havoc elsewhere in the region.

  • Once seen as shy reformer, Syria's Assad confounds hopes

    Once seen as shy reformer, Syria's Assad confounds hopes

    Many thought that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was at heart a reformer. But his response to unprecedented protests and violence suggest otherwise.