David W. Lesch is professor of Middle East history, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. He has written numerous books on the Middle East and has traveled widely there on scholarly, business, and diplomatic endeavors. He is a frequent consultant to US government departments on Middle East issues. He lives in San Antonio.
ARTICLES FEATURING DAVID
The Syria I Knew: On the Fall of the House of Assad
THE FIFTEEN BRANCHES of Syria's intelligence apparatus, the mukhabarat, count some 50,000 to 70,000 full-time officers, along with hundreds ...