President Assad's Foreign Policy
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis is a study of Assads foreign policy and the factors that helped him consolidate his power and transform his country from a proxy state to a regional power. Syrias relations with its neighbors and the two superpowers are discussed in detail. Syrias strategic significance is accentuated here it is a remarkable specimen in the Middle East political aquarium. Syria had a glorious history. The Syrians are working very hard to restore that glory--the glory of Great Syria. Syrias modern history has been a saga of coups and counter-coups. Under the leadership of President Assad, Syria has been transformed from a weak, shaky and vulnerable country into an apparently strong and stable state, a regional power in the Middle East. What the Syrians and their president want is precisely what nationalists have always wanted in every part of the world an integrated Syrian society, which is industrialized, modernized, centralized, socialized and populated by proud and spirited masses which enjoys the benefits of economic prowess and which is capable of sustaining its independence in the anarchic, chronically unstable, pervasively violent and breathtakingly convulsive Middle East.
- Government and Political Science
- Humanities and History