Emile Hokayem's Adelphi book, Syria's Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant, has been praised by the renowned Middle East scholar Dr Reinoud Leenders for offering 'coherence, clarity and fresh insights'.
Writing in the latest edition of International Affairs, Dr Leenders praises the book for providing a 'meticulous and highly effective anatomy of the Syrian crisis' and judges that it is 'impressive for both its width and nuance'.
Published in May 2013, Syria's Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant charts the transition from a peaceful uprising into a zero-sum civil war in which a multitude of local and foreign actors compete. Emile Hokayem's first-hand experience and sober analysis provide insight into the myriad opposition groups, the conflicting external interests and the murky calculations of the Assad regime. Tracking the causes of dissent that laid the groundwork for rebellion, he looks at how Syria's largely apolitical society mobilised and at the unpredictable dynamics that have been unleashed as the protest movement has radicalised and militarised.