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Joseph Sassoon, Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Joseph Sassoon (JS): While researching my previous book (Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime), which was based on the archives of the Ba‘th Party regime in Iraq (1968–2003), I kept asking whether the other Arab republics were similar to Iraq and to each other. Answering that ...Keep Reading »
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 ...Keep Reading »
Joseph Sassoon is an associate professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, having previous served as a visiting fellow at All Soul's College, Oxford and as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Princeton. He is the author of Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics (Cambridge, 2016); Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime (Cambridge, 2011), which was awarded the the British-Kuwait Prize for the best book on the Middle East in 2013; and The Iraqi Refugees: The New Crisis in the Middle East (I. B. Tauris, 2008).