The Ba'th Party in Post-Ba'thist Syria: President, Party and the Struggle for ‘Reform’

  title={The Ba'th Party in Post-Ba'thist Syria: President, Party and the Struggle for ‘Reform’},
  author={Raymond Hinnebusch},
  journal={Middle East Critique},
  pages={109 - 125}
  • R. Hinnebusch
  • Published 1 June 2011
  • Political Science
  • Middle East Critique
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