""Radwan Ziadeh brings unique qualifications to this superb study of contemporary Syrian politics. As a scholar-activist, he captures the internal workings of Syria’s reform movements with nuance, detail and insight that are unmatched, bringing to life political currents and trends in Syria that are often opaque to outsiders. This is an important work. It deserves to be widely read."" -- Steven Heydemann, Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace, and author of Authoritarianism in Syria
""This is both an insider’s account of the political awakening in Syria at the beginning of this century; and a sober, intelligent analysis of political structures and developments under Bashar al-Assad’s rule."" -- Volker Perthes, Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and author of The Political Economy of Syria under Assad
About the Author
Radwan Ziadeh is a Visiting Scholar at the Carr Center for Human Rights of Harvard University and Visiting Fellow at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London. He is the founding director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C., and has been a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. He is also the recipient of the MESA Academic Freedom Award (2009), and a former Vivian G. Prins Fellow at the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.