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Book Launch: Washington’s Long War on Syria

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

| Free

Washington’s Long War on Syria: Stephen Gowans

Three appearances in GTA:

  • Sunday, April 23 at 2 pm – Burnhamthorpe Library, 3650 Dixie Road, Mississauga twitter
  • Monday, April 24 at 7.30 pm – 290 Danforth Avenue, Toronto  facebook event
  • Thursday, April 27 at 7 pm – A Different Booklist Cultural Centre  777-779 Bathurst St. (at Bloor)

In Washington’s Long War on Syria Stephen Gowans examines the decades-long struggle for control of Syria. This struggle involved secular Arab nationalism, political Islam, and United States imperialism, the self-proclaimed Den of Arabism, and last secular pan-Arabist state in the region.

Washington had waged long wars on the leaders of the Arab nationalist movement. These included Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, and Syria’s Assads. To do so, the US often allied with particularly violent forms of political Islam to undermine its Arab nationalist foes. By 2011, only one pan-Arabist state remained in the region—Syria.

Washington sought to purge Arab nationalist influence from the Syrian state and the Arab world more broadly. It was a threat to Washington’s agenda of establishing global primacy and promoting business-friendly investment climates for US banks, investors and corporations throughout the world. Arab nationalists aspired to unify the world’s 400 million Arabs into a single super-state capable of challenging United States hegemony in West Asia and North Africa. They aimed to become a major player on the world stage free from the domination of the former colonial powers and the US.


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