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New Texts Out Now: Joseph Sassoon, Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime

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Joseph Sassoon, Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Joseph Sassoon: The Ba‘th Party documents provide a treasure trove that allows us to understand how authoritarian regimes function and how the Iraqi system was sustained for thirty-five years in spite of wars and sanctions. I was intrigued by the ability to delve into those primary sources to find ...

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Joseph Sassoon


Joseph Sassoon was born in Iraq and obtained his PhD at St. Antony's College, Oxford. He is the author of Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime (Cambridge, 2011) and has numerous other publications, among them "Economic Policy in Iraq: 1932-1950" and his book on refugees, The Iraqi Refugees: The New Crisis in the Middle East. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and beginning in January 2012 is a visiting fellow at All Soul's College, Oxford.