Syria: Ballots Or Bullets? : Democracy, Islamism, and Secularism in the Levant

Cune Press
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Bashar al-Asad, unlike any other Arab leader, publicly announced his opposition to the war in Iraq. This made the Syrian president popular in the streets but brought him into open confrontation with the US. For a time it seemed that the US would invade or subvert the regime or institute a killing regimen of sanctions. The assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri made things worse, with observers, including the UN, pointing the finger at Damascus. Syrian troops were forced to withdraw from Lebanon where they had been stationed for nearly three decades. Today, Bashar is facing the toughest challenge of his career?caught between Syrian hardliners and an increasingly impatient opposition. And what of the 18 million people of Syria? Will this country descend into chaos and violence? Or will it progress toward pluralism and economic progress? Syria - Ballots or Bullets delivers surprising insights into one of the most obscure countries in the world.
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About the author

Dr. Carsten Wieland is a historian, political scientist, and journalist. He has lived and worked in Syria and speaks fluent Arabic. Wieland has reported from the United States, the Middle East, and Latin America as a foreign correspondent for the German Press-Agency (DPA). In 1994, he also worked as a freelance journalist in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. Wieland studied at Duke University in North Carolina, Humboldt University in Berlin, and at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.He has worked as a senior executive at the Goethe Institute in Cairo and Munich and has worked in Washington, DC as a political consultant with IFOK (Institute for Organizational Communication) and as a research fellow at Georgetown University.

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Publisher
Cune Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 2006
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Pages
223
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ISBN
9781885942166
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Middle East / General
Political Science / Political Freedom
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Democracy
Political Science / World / General
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