Book review:Destroying a nation

Destroying a nation       
The civil war in Syria
By Nikolaos Van dam
Published by I.B.Tauris
ISBN 9781784537975
Price £8.99 paperback

Following the Arab Spring, Syria descended into civil and sectarian conflict. It has since become a fractured war zone which operates as a breeding ground for new terrorist movements including ISIS as well as the root cause of the greatest refugee crisis in modern history. In this important book, former Special Envoy of the Netherlands to Syria, Nikolaos van Dam, explains the recent history of Syria, covering the growing disenchantment with the Assad regime, the chaos of civil war and the fractures which led to an immense amount of destruction in the refined social fabric of what used to be the Syrian nation. Through an in-depth examination, van Dam traces political developments within the Assad regime and the various opposition groups from the Arab Spring to the present day, and provides a deeper insight into the conflict and the possibilities and obstacles for reaching a political solution.

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