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Syria: the Dangerous Trap of Sectarianism,” by Nikolaos Van Dam, ambassador and author

Syria: the dangerous trap of sectarianism By NIKOLAOS VAN DAM For Syria Comment April 14, 2011 * Nikolaos van Dam is former Ambassador of the Netherlands to Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Germany and Indonesia and the author of The Struggle for Power in Syria, its 4th updated edition is to be published shortly. The fact that […]

SYRIAN BA’THIST MEMOIRS: Review by Nikolaos van Dam

SYRIAN BA’THIST MEMOIRS: Extended Book Review Essay by Nikolaos van Dam Thanks to كـــلـــنـــا شــــركـــاء فـي الــــوطــــــــــن – Kulluna Shuraka’ fi al-Watan and Ambassador van Dam for permission to republish this article, originally appeared, 9-11 May 2009. A pdf version is also available on the All4Syria.info site. Books Reviewed General (al-‘Imad) Mustafa Talas, “Mir’at Hayati” […]

“Language Atlas of Syria” reviewed by Nikolaos van Dam

Here is a wonderful book review of the "Language Atlas of Syria". The Reviewer, Dr. Nikolaos van Dam is Ambassador of the Netherlands in Indonesia and author of The Struggle for Power in Syria: Politics and Society under Asad and the Ba’th Party (London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 1996) (downloadable for free in Arabic). […]

It Would Have Been Preferable Not to Militarily Intervene in Syria – By Ambassador @nikolaosvandam

It Would Have Been Preferable Not to Militarily Intervene in Syria; It Has Turned Out to Be a Disaster By Ambassador Dr. Nikolaos van Dam @nikolaosvandam  Interviewed by Mohsen Abdelmoumen Originally published June 03, 2018 on American Herald Tribune Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are a diplomat and you know very well the Middle East region where you have been Ambassador […]

Assessing Nikaolas Van Dam on Syria’s Fate – by Steven Heydemann

Assessing Nikaolas Van Dam on Syria’s Fate By Steven Heydemann – @SHeydemann Smith College for Syria Comment, November 17, 2017 Over the course of his long and distinguished career as scholar and diplomat, Ambassador Nikaolas Van Dam, who most recently served as the Netherlands’ Special Envoy for Syria, earned a well-deserved reputation as a deeply knowledgeable specialist […]

Arab League in Damas; Pro-Assad Demos, Strike in Homs, Killings, Ambassadorial tit for tat

Tens of thousands of Syrians rally in support of Assad ahead of Arab 2011-10-26 DAMASCUS, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — Tens of thousands of Syrians rallied Wednesday in support for President Bashar al-Assad hours before the arrival of an Arab League (AL) ministerial delegation that aimed at finding ways to end the months-long crisis in the […]

Nokalaos van Dam, “The Struggle for Power in Syria: Politics and Society under Assad and the Baath Party.”

Nokalaos van Dam has issued a new edition of his excellent book: The Struggle for Power in Syria: Politics and Society under Assad and the Baath Party. There is something to cheer about. I’ll give you an idea of what is new in the fourth edition, as compared with the third (published in 1996): The […]

Five Books on Syria – Recommended by Nikolas van Dam

Nikolaos van Dam Recommends Five Books on Syria to Browser The veteran Dutch diplomat and academic  explains what is important about each of his top-five picks on Syria and why meaningful political change in Syria will be difficult to achieve. He warns that any move towards democracy is likely to be accompanied by severe sectarian […]

“The Struggle for Power in Syria” by Van Dam reviewed by Josh Landis

Book Review  NIKOLAOS VAN DAM, The Struggle for Power in Syria: Politics and Society under Asad and the Bacth Party London: I. B. Tauris, 1996). Pp. 240. $24.50 paper. Downloadable for free in Arabic: http://www.democracy.org.nz/mideast/index.htm). REVIEWED BY JOSHUA LANDIS, Department of Near East Studies, Princeton University International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3 […]

War crimes in Syria: a shared responsibility

By Nikolaos van Dam *@nikolaosvandam on Twitter This article is translated to Arabic and published by al-Dustur (Jordan), here. More than 50 kinds of war crimes are defined in the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court. All 50 of those crimes have been committed by various combatants during the war in Syria. Some examples of […]


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