Letters and Politics

The Paper Edition: Syrians in Revolution and War

With Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami talking about the current situation in Syria.

 

Guest:

Robin Yassin-Kassab is a media commentator on Syria and the Middle East and the author of the novel The Road From Damascus and contributor toSyria Speaks.  He co-authored with Leila Al-Shami the book “Buring Country: Syrians in Revolution and War.”

Leila Al-Shami is a founding member of Tahrir-ICN, a network that aims to connect antiauthoritarian struggles across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.

 

About the book: BurningCountry_Syria

Burning Country explores the complicated reality of life in present-day Syria with unprecedented detail and sophistication, drawing on new first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists. Yassin-Kassab and Al-Shami expertly interweave these stories with an incisive analysis of the militarization of the uprising, the rise of the Islamists and sectarian warfare, and the role of Syria’s government in exacerbating the brutalization of the conflict. Through these accounts and a broad range of secondary source material, the authors persuasively argue that the international community has failed in its stated commitments to support the Syrian opposition movements.

Covering ISIS and Islamism, regional geopolitics, new grassroots revolutionary organizations, and the worst refugee crisis since World War Two, Burning Country is a vivid and groundbreaking look at a modern-day political and humanitarian nightmare.

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