In This Review

Syria Under Assad
Syria Under Assad
Edited by Moshe Ma'oz and Avner Yaniv
St. Martin's, 1986, 273 pp.

Israeli scholars have no admission card to the inner circles of Syria, but this collection of papers on the domestic and foreign policies of the Assad regime, although far from comprehensive, demonstrates that they are well versed in the subject. The book is longer and stronger on the international side, examining Syria's relations with all neighboring states, with the PLO, and with the superpowers. Assad receives due credit for substantial accomplishments, but in their conclusion the editors stress the paradox of Syrian actual realism tied to its loud commitment to aspirations that threaten neighbors and could turn Syria into its own worst enemy.