In the Lion's Den by Andrew Tabler
An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria

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A key player in the Middle East and the site of violent protests in 2011, Syria has long been a thorn in Washington's side when it comes to forging peace or rolling back the influence of the Islamic republic of Iran. But only after the events of 9/11 and Damascus's staunch opposition to the war in Iraq did the U.S. government begin an unannounced campaign to pressure President Bashar al-Assad's regime to revamp its regional and domestic policies. The book vividly captures Tabler's behind-the-scenes experiences and provides a firsthand look at 21st-century Syria and Washington's attempts to craft a "New Middle East." Examining the effects of the neoconservatives' strategy and asking what went wrong and how Washington can achieve a new relationship with this pivotal Middle Eastern nation, this investigation provides a rare glimpse into U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

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Andrew Tabler is a fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and one of the most sought-after voices on contemporary Syria. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs. His opinion is regularly sought by CNN, NBC, and PBS. After seven years of living and working under Assad's regime, Tabler left Damascus for Beirut.
Published September 1, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 290 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The American invasion of Iraq changed dynamics utterly in the region as Syria, sharing a border with Iraq, resisted American influence, even supporting “terrorist groups and the dying regime of Saddam Hussein.” Syria has flirted with Islamist terrorist groups such as the Popular Front for the Lib...

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The ensuing cold war between Washington and Damascus was exacerbated by Syria's implication in the murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, the spreading Iranian influence in Syria, and revelations about Syria's secret nuclear aspirations.

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