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Flynt Leverett's 'Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial By Fire' ()

'Inheriting Syria' in the Modern Age

Mar 31, 2005 (Fresh Air from WHYY)

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Flynt Leverett is a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. As Syria is prodded to withdraw its troops — and influence — from neighboring Lebanon, the region faces potentially drastic changes.

A veteran expert on Middle East policy — from the National Security Council and the State Department to the CIA — Leverett has also written a new book, Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial By Fire, about Bashar al-Assad's rule of Syria after following his father as the country's leader.

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