Leaving almost half a million dead and displacing an estimated twelve million people, the Syrian Civil War is a humanitarian catastrophe of unimaginable scale. 

A new book "Syrian Requim: the Civil War and its Aftermath"  analyzes the causes and course of this bitter conflict―from its first spark in a peaceful Arab Spring protest to the tenuous victory of the Asad dictatorship―and traces how the fighting has reduced Syria to a crisis-ridden vassal state with little prospect of political reform, national reconciliation, or economic reconstruction.

The book was co-written by Itamar Rabinovich and Carmit Valensi, a researcher at Tel Aviv university's Institute for National Security Studies.

Itamar Rabinovich was Israel's ambassador to the US in the 1990s and the former chief negotiator with Syria between 1993 and 1996.

KAN's  Mark Weiss spoke with him about the book.