Bashar's Syria: The Regime and its Strategic Worldview

  title={Bashar's Syria: The Regime and its Strategic Worldview},
  author={Shmuel Bar},
  journal={Comparative Strategy},
  pages={353 - 445}
  • Shmuel Bar
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Strategy
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