The battle for syria international rivalry in the new middle east book author christopher phillips reviewer adam joyce cold wars end and the early days of the arab spring his realist analysis is a must read for scholars and students of middle eastern politics and american foreign policy. The battle for syria paperback international rivalry in the new middle east by christopher phillips yale university press 9780300234619 352pp publication date may 22 2018. The ongoing civil war in syria is easily one of the most volatile foreign policy challenges facing the next president christopher phillips new book the battle for syria is a timely look at the conflict the battle for syria is primarily about the international dimensions of the syrian civil war. Syrias conflict lends credence to the post modernist view that there is no truth only competing narratives indeed it is as much a battle of narratives as of arms this book goes a long way towards penetrating the fog of war and will be seen as the definitive account of the international dimension of the battle for syria. Battle for syria international rivalry in the new middle east 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
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