The battle for syria international rivalry in the new middle east christopher phillips view inside price 3000 buy amazon barnes noble the battle for syria offers a brilliant essential account of the international dimension of syrias descent from uprising into insurgency and brutal state violence. The battle for syria is primarily about the international dimensions of the syrian civil war although phillips does provide some historical background on syria particularly the assad regime this is primarily a book about how regional actors have influenced and responded to events in the the ongoing civil war in syria is easily one of the . The battle for syria international rivalry in the new middle east yale university press 2016 phillips principal argument is that the syrian uprising of 2011 pitting ordinary people against an unforgiving regime was transformed into a civil war because outside involvement helped escalate and sustain it and of course still does. The battle for syria international rivalry in the new middle east book author christopher phillips reviewer adam joyce reviewer title the middle class in damascus the bourgeoisie even those who were sunni in cities like aleppo government workers and some tribes in the countrys east generally saw assad as the lesser of . Phillips will discuss the battle for syria his latest highly praised book and how six external protagonists including the us and russia have competed for influence in syria a key battleground philips who founded the syria and its neighbours policy initiative has called the syrian
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