The Code to Damascus: Why Bashar Assad Will Never Relinquish Power

To fathom why the bloody Syrian civil war shows no sign of abating, one has to understand the tribal mentality of the Arab region.

"What's going to happen in Syria?" I asked Fuaz, an exiled Syrian musician whom I met in Paris recently. "The truth is, I don't know," he responded succinctly. He didn't seem to be the type whose zest for life could be curbed by the horrors of the civil war in his homeland. When his home was damaged, he found shelter with dozens of other civilians in an old...