Struggle for Power in Syria Politics and Society under Asad and the Ba'th Party

ISBN-10: 1848857608

ISBN-13: 9781848857605

Edition: 4th 2011 (Revised)

Authors: Nikolaos van Dam

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This is a fully revised and updated paperback edition of this study of power in Syrian politics. The book explains the factors which have enabled the regime of Hafiz al-Asad to stay in power much longer than any other since independence; it also shows how al-Asad's disappearance may seriously disrupt Syria's present stability. Providing an in-depth analysis of the role of sectarian, regional and tribal loyalties in contemporary Syrian history, the author focuses attention on developments within the military and civilian power elite and the Ba'th Party organization. He shows that the 1963 Ba'thist takeover constituted a decisive turning-point. With the help of the army and the Ba'th, members of Islamic minority communities, especially Alawis, Druzes and Ismailis, and people from the poor countryside, were brought to the fore, and went through a process of rapid national emancipation. In 1970 this culminated in the monopolization of power by al-Asad, whose Alawi-dominated officers' faction has ruled Syria ever since. The text considers the political history of Syria in the 1980s and 1990s and speculates on its future.
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Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

List of tables and map
Preface to the fourth edition
The rise of minorities in the Syrian armed forces and in the Ba'th Party
Sectarian polarisation in the Syrian armed forces between Sunnis and religious minorities
The purge of Druze officers in the Syrian armed forces
The struggle for power within the Alawi community
Sectarian and regional factionalism in the Syrian political elite: a statistical analysis
Sectarian provocation and confrontation
Sectarian showdown: eradication of the Muslim Brotherhood
The power elite under Hafiz al-Asad
Syrian Ba'thist memoirs
A Ba'thist analysis of sectarianism, regionalism and tribalism
Confessions about sectarianism in the army units of Hama
An analysis of the Syrian armed forces
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