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Syria And The Middle East Peace Process
Syria And The Middle East Peace Process
By Alasdair Drysdale and Raymond A. Hinnebusch
Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1991, 244 pp

Two leading American scholars of Syria have produced a timely and useful introduction to the world of Hafez al-Assad. They paint a convincing portrait of the regime and its policies, showing many, if not all, of its less attractive features. But the bottom line is that Assad's Syria is a country that must be taken seriously and should be included in any effort to find a negotiated settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict.