Read an English translation of the preface to The Missing Account.
Last month, the ACRPS became the first institution to publish a Syrian insider’s account of the failed peace talks with Israel, as well as a valuable memoir by a man who was at the forefront of Syrian decision making for decades. This, indeed, is the “missing account” in the book's title: while American statesmen like Dennis Ross and Madeleine Albright and Israeli politicians and military officers, including Uri Sagai and Itamar Rabinovich, have told their countries’ version of events, this is the first time that such a senior Syrian personage, a former Vice President, has broken the silence.
Farouk Al Sharaa, the author of The Missing Account, which will be published in Beirut early in 2015, stands unsurpassed amongst Arab foreign ministers during the second half of the twentieth century. Here, for the first time, he provides readers with a detailed, insider’s account of the events which shaped not only Syria, but also Lebanon, Palestine and the entire Arab Mashreq. Alongside his unique insight to the abortive Syrian-Israeli negotiations, mediated by former US President Clinton in Sheperdstown, West Virginia, Al Sharaa provides a rare, ringside view of the machinations inside Damascus' corridors of power.
Farouk Al Sharaa's memoirs are now available via the ACRPS.
No less important, Al Sharaa offers valuable information about the personal relationships between former President Hafez Al Assad and his brother Rifaat; the same president’s dealings with Saddam Hussein of Iraq and the stormy relationship with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as well as the story of Syria’s intervention in the Lebanese Civil War. Sifting the wheat from the chaff of the rumor mill, Al Sharaa’s book provides scholars, researchers and historians interested in the minutiae of the Arab-Israeli conflict with a rich source of material to understand not only what has happened, but what is likely to happen in Syria today.
Copies of all ACRPS titles are available through the ACRPS electronic bookstore.
Farouk Al Sharaa was born in 1938 in the southern Syrian town of Deraa. He graduated from Damascus University with a degree in English Language in 1963, before joining the ranks of the Syrian Arab Airlines. Al Sharaa studied International Law at the University of London between 1971 and 1972, but returned to work for Syrian Airlines until 1976, when he was appointed Syria’s Ambassador to Italy by Hafez Al Assad. Al Sharaa was then appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 1980, and later Minister of Foreign Affairs (1984) before his last appointment, as Vice President of the Syrian Arab Republic, in 2006.