Nikolaos van Dam
Nikolaos van Dam is a Dutch diplomat and scholar, author of a classic text on Syrian politics and sectarianism, The Struggle for Power in Syria (2011). During the civil war, he served as the Dutch Special Envoy to Syria, operating from Istanbul, and had intensive contact with most of the parties involved in the conflict. His book, Destroying a Nation, reflected those experiences.
Books by Nikolaos van Dam
Interviews with Nikolaos van Dam
Sectarianism in Syria's Civil War
by Fabrice Balanche
Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad
by David Lesch
The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East
by Christopher Phillips
The Syrian Jihad
by Charles Lister
The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant
Michael Kerr and Craig Larkin (Eds)
Few who knew Syria well doubted that the revolution that started in 2011 would lead to a bloodbath. But rather than helping, foreign intervention turned it into an even bigger catastrophe. Syria specialist Nikolaos van Dam recommends books that shed light on Syria’s tragic civil war.
The veteran Dutch diplomat, Nikolaos van Dam, explains why meaningful political change in Syria will be difficult to achieve – and warns that any move towards democracy is likely to be accompanied by severe sectarian tension.