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INSIDE THE MIND OF BACHAR AL-ASSAD (working title)

Ziad Majed
Subhi Hadidi
Farouk Mardam-Bey

  • Original Title: DANS LA TÊTE DE BACHAR AL-ASSAD
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: ACTES SUD
  • Country: FR
  • 210 print pages
  • Factual/Investigation

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21th century
  • Location setting: Syria
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, Power, Totalitarian regime, Fanaticism, War and other conflicts, Corruption

Pitch

Written by three specialists on Syria, this essay focuses on the clan-based nature of the regime and paints the portrait of a tyrant who has delivered his country up to Iran and Russia and reduced it to a wasteland of ruins.

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Translation rights sold: UK (option)

Ziad Majed is a political analyst and a professor at the American University of Paris. He is the author of SYRIE, la révolution orpheline (2014).

Subhi Hadidi is a columnist at the daily Al-Quds al-Arabi and a literary critic.

Farouk Mardam-Bey is head of the Sindbad department at Actes Sud.

Summary

No standard concepts of political science can define Bachar al-Assad’s regime. Syria is most definitely not a ‘democratic, popular and socialist republic’ as stated in its constitution of 1973, and still less a ‘democratic republic’, as the architects of a new constitution dared call it in 2012 after the country had descended into a bloodbath. What exactly is going through the mind of Bachar al-Assad? His underlying philosophy and his vision of the world can only be deduced from the way in which he has wielded power since 2000 when he succeeded his long-reigning father. Written by three specialists on Syria, this essay focuses on the clan-based nature of the regime, shored up by a plethora of security agencies, and on the manufacturing of allegiance through ‘popular organisations’, a profiteering middle class and religious institutions. It paints the portrait of a tyrant who has delivered his country up to Iran and Russia and reduced it to a wasteland of ruins.

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