the author

Dr. Pablo Sapag has worked as a journalist and war correspondent for a Spanish public broadcasting corporation and is now a professor at Madrid Complutense University where he specializes in Syria, international relations, the media, propaganda and war. 

He has published books and articles on foreign media coverage of the Syrian crisis, on Syrian Christians and Facebook during the conflict and on the Syrian diaspora.  He is also the author of books and articles on the situation of Chile during the Spanish Civil War and war journalism.  He is a contributor to the Sage Encyclopedia of War.

Pablo Sapag has lectured on the Syrian crisis in the University of Sussex, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Chile. He has been invited to the Basque Parliament and other public institutions to explain the Syrian crisis and he is a regular contributor to Spanish, British, other European and Latin American media on Syria and other foreign affairs issues.

As a special correspondent for RTV Madrid, he was deployed in Albania (where his crew recorded a world exclusive distributed by CNN), and in many other places including Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, the Middle East, Mexico, Argentina, Ulster, the Irish Republic and Brussels. 

He is a member of the War and the Media Network; the Research network for the study of Fascisms, Authoritarianisms, Totalitarianisms, and transitions to democracy and the Asociación de Historiadores de la Comunicación 

Why Syria in perspective?

An attempt to fill the gap between Syria’s reality and its media representation

The main goal of this book is to explain Syria’s reality in deep. When I followed how the media was covering the Syrian crisis and their approach, I missed some important points regarding Syria’s always complex situation. Because my long-standing connections with Syria, I needed to know in detail what was going on there but neither the media nor some more academic comments were fulfilling such a necessity. In general, media information about Syria was not totally accurate and academic explanations not always offered a full perspective of the historical, social and geopolitical reasons behind the developments on the ground. This book is the result of my scholarly approach to understand the Syrian crisis and, if possible, to contribute to fill the gap between reality and its media representation.