Professor Joseph Sassoon (Speaker) and Dr Toby Dodge (Chair)
Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 6.30-8pm. COL.2.01, Columbia House
Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party -Inside an autoritarian regime The Ba'th Party came to power in 1968 and remained for thirty-five years until the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Under the leadership of Saddam Hussein, who became president of Iraq in 1979, a powerful authoritarian regime was created based on a system of violence and an extraordinary surveillance network, as well as rewards and incentives for supporters of the regime. The true horrors of this regime have been exposed for the first time through a massive archive of government documents captured by the United States after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
It is these documents that form the basis of this extraordinarily revealing book and that have been translated and analyzed by Joseph Sassoon, an Iraqi-born scholar and seasoned commentator on the Middle East. What they uncover are the secrets of the innermost workings of Saddam Hussein's Revolutionary Command Council, how the party was structured, how it operated via its network of informers, and how the system of rewards functioned. Saddam Hussein's authority was dominant. His decision was final, whether arbitrating the promotion of a junior official or the death of a rival or a member of his family. As this gripping portrayal of Saddam Hussein's Iraq demonstrates, the regime was every bit as authoritarian and brutal as Stalin's Soviet Union, Mao's China, and Qadhafi's Libya.
Professor Joseph Sasson is Adjunct Professor at the Center for Contemporary Arabic Studies at Georgetown University and Senior Associate Member at St Antony's College, Oxford. He is the author of several books, including Economic Policy in Iraq, 1932–1950 (1987) and The Iraqi Refugees: The New Crisis in the Middle East (2009).
Dr Toby Dodge s the Head of the LSE IDEAS Middle East International Affairs Programme, a Reader in the International Relations Department at the LSE and a Senior Consulting Fellow for the Middle East, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.
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