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Damascus diary : an inside account of Hafez Al-Assad's peace diplomacy, 1990-2000 /
Bouthaina Shaaban.
imprint
Boulder : Lynne Rienner Publishers, c2013.
description
xiv, 245 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1588268632 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9781588268631 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Boulder : Lynne Rienner Publishers, c2013.
isbn
1588268632 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9781588268631 (hbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
8783570
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-234) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-03-01:
Hafez al-Assad, Syria's president from 1971 until his death in 2000, was one of the shrewdest Arab leaders in the latter 20th century. Throughout his presidency, he brought a degree of political stability that modern Syria had not experienced since independence (1946). He also made Syria into a pivotal state in its region and an essential cog in the machinery of the Arab-Israeli peace diplomacy. Notwithstanding Syria's importance, there are few reliable books that inform us about the country's foreign-policy decision-making and decision-implementation processes during Assad's presidency. Shaaban's (English, Damascus Univ.) fascinating study goes a long way in filling the gap in our knowledge of Syria's multidimensional diplomacy in the context of Arab-Israeli relations. The author served both as a personal interpreter for President Assad and as an active participant in the various rounds of the Middle East peace process. What makes this book unique are the vignettes by someone who had close connections with and direct participation in some of the most important diplomatic decisions made by Syria during the period 1990-2000. Verdict Anyone interested in gaining a fuller understanding of Syria's position in Arab-Israeli negotiations during the last decade of the 20th century will benefit immensely from this book.- Nader Entessar, Univ. of Southern Alabama, Mobile (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Bouthaina Shaaban worked closely with Syria¿s President Hafez al-Assad from 1990 until the time of his death, serving as both official interpreter and adviser. Her new book, part memoir and part historical account, takes the reader behind the closed doors of the Syrian Presidential Palace to uniquely provide Syrian perceptions of the failed Arab-Israel peace talks. Sharing first-hand stories of relationships (her own and Assad¿s) with members of the Bush and Clinton administrations, and drawing on previously unavailable minutes and other documents from the Syrian presidential archives, Shabaan takes us from the early Syrian-US engagement in 1990-1991 to the three Assad-Clinton summits in 1994-2000. In the process, she includes intriguing revelations about the Rabin Deposit, the April Understanding on Lebanon, and the 1998 Track II effort with Israeli Prime Mister Benjamin Netanyahu. Shaaban offers the first account of these negotiations to come from a Syrian insider¿an essential contribution to our understanding of the enduring conflict in the Middle East.
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Bouthaina Shaaban worked closely with Syria's President Hafez al-Assad from 1990 until the time of his death, serving as both official interpreter and adviser. Her book, part memoir and part historical account, takes the reader behind the closed doors of the Syrian Presidential Palace to provide uniquely Syrian perceptions of the failed Arab-Israel peace talks.

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