On the evening of June 10, 2000, Syria’s citizens were told that Hafiz al-Asad, who had been their leader for 30 years, had passed away. Asad was the president of the Syrian Republic, secretary-general of the ruling Ba`th Party, and head of the National Progressive Front (the formal framework for any permitted political activity in […]
Click here for PDF Volume 4, No. 4 – December 2000 The Russians Were Coming: The Soviet Military Threat in the 1967 Six-Day War By Isabella Ginor Editor’s Summary: New evidence reveals that during the 1967 Six-Day War the Soviet Union set in motion military operations to assist Egypt and especially Syria, first in seeking […]
For PDF click here Volume 4, No. 3 – September 2000 HIZBALLAH: NEW COURSE OR CONTINUED WARFARE By Eyal Zisser Editor’s Summary: Lebanese Hizballah appears to have won a success in Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon. But now the organization also loses the political benefits of claiming patriotic leadership in that struggle. The group faces difficult choices […]
Editor’s Summary: In studying the contemporary Middle East, one of the most controversial and complex challenges is comprehending Syria’s regional strategy and policy toward the peace process. The author believes that Syria is stuck between its traditional hardline stance and attempts to develop a more flexible approach. This article provides a detailed analysis of Syrian foreign minister Faruq Al-Shara’s January 2000 speech before the Arab Writers’ Union conference in Damascus, which exemplifies the key issues regarding Syria today.
UNDERSTANDING SYRIAN POLICY: AN ANALYSIS OF FOREIGN MINISTER FARUQ AL-SHARA’S EXPLANATION By Barry Rubin Editor’s Summary: In studying the contemporary Middle East, one of the most controversial and complex challenges is comprehending Syria’s regional strategy and policy toward the peace process. The author believes that Syria is stuck between its traditional hardline stance and attempts to […]
Volume 4, No. 2- June 2000 NEGOTIATING WITH SYRIA: A FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT By Yossi Ben-Aharon Editor’s Summary: The following is an account by Israel?s former chief negotiator of the Israel-Syria peace talks initiated at the Madrid Conference in 1991. The author contrasts his experience with that of his successor, Professor Itamar Rabinovitch, to reveal the […]