Exploring the evolution of Syrian foreign policy under President Bashar al-Assad, this concise volume focuses on Syria's relationship with the United States. The authors consider the enduring determinants of Syrian policy, as well as such key issues as the country's involvement in Lebanon and its stance vis-a-vis the war in Iraq. They also assess the personal role of President al-Assad and the impact of external forces on internal reforms. They conclude with a look at the new scenario that is emerging as Syria seems intent on moving out of isolation from the international community. This title explores the evolution of Syrian foreign policy under President Bashar al-Assad.
Raymond Hinnebusch is professor of international relations and Middle East politics at the University of St Andrews. Marwan J. Kabalan is lecturer in political science at the Center for Strategic Studies and Research at Damascus University. Bassma Kodami is director of the Arab Reform Initiative at College de France. David Lesch is professor of history at Trinity University.
Introduction: Will Obama Matter for US-Syrian Relations? Syrian Foreign Policy Under Bashar al-Assad. The Impact of the External Context on Syrian Reform. The Role of Bashar al-Assad in Syrian Foreign Policy. Inching Out of Isolation? Managing a Different Relationship with Syria.