6 books about Syria

Here are six books – a mix of literature, history, and politics – that offer insight into contemporary Syria.

4. Power and Policy in Syria: Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations and Democracy in the Modern Middle East, by Radwan Ziadeh


In Power and Policy in Syria, Syrian scholar Radwan Ziadeh analyzes the current Syrian government under Bashar al-Asad, the role that Syrian intelligence agencies influence politics and law-making, and the workings of Syrian reform movements, in which he has played an active role. In the continuing aftermath of the Arab spring, this is a pertinent examination of the politics and policies of a country at the center of the tides of change.

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