Leaving almost half a million dead and displacing an estimated twelve million people, the Syrian Civil War is a humanitarian catastrophe of unimaginable scale. Syrian Requiem analyzes the causes and course of this bitter conflict?from its first spark in a peaceful Arab Spring protest to the tenuous victory of the Asad dictatorship?and traces how the fighting has reduced Syria to a crisis-ridden vassal state with no prospect of political reform, national reconciliation, or economic reconstruction.
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Itamar Rabinovich is professor and president emeritus at Tel Aviv University and vice chair of the Institute of National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. He was Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's chief negotiator with Syria and is a former Israeli ambassador to the United States. His books include Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman and Waging Peace: Israel and the Arabs, 1948-2003 (Princeton). Twitter @ItamarRabinovi Carmit Valensi is a research fellow and the director of the Syria research program at the Institute for National Security Studies.
"Syrian Requiem: The Civil War and Its Aftermath makes a bold claim in its very title. It rests on the idea that something fundamentally Syrian has slid into memory, never to return. 'Syria has been transformed beyond recognition,' said Valensi, head of the Syrian research program at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv"---Lazar Berman, The Times of Israel "'Syrian Requiem: The Civil War and Its Aftermath,' makes a bold claim in its very title. It rests on the idea that something fundamentally Syrian has slid into memory, never to return." -- Lazar Berman, Times of Israel" "A valuable book for students of geopolitics and the ever turbulent Middle East." * Kirkus * "A smart history of the Syrian civil war."---Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times "Important and impressive. . . . [Syrian Requiem] is an indispensable book for anyone wishing to understand one of the most tragic civil wars in the Middle East." * Survival *
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