No Turning Back

Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

The Syrian war is one of the great humanitarian disasters of our time, with hundreds of thousands of deaths, brutal state-sanctioned attacks on civilians, the rise of the black flag of ISIS, and crimes perpetrated by rebels. It feels dehumanizing, but it is still about three-dimensional human beings. 

The nuanced, complex details are the subject of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria, a new book by New America Fellow Rania Abouzeid. Underpinned by a rigorous investigation that reveals new information about the arming and Islamization of the uprising, No Turning Back provides an indelible new understanding of the morass by telling the stories of several individuals whose lives symbolize the hopes and dreams Syrians have for their embattled homeland.

Based on more than five years of clandestine reporting on the front lines, Abouzeid shows these disparate lives intersecting in astonishing ways, forming an unforgettable portrait of a shattered country that “has ceased to exist as a unified state except in memories and on maps.”

Join New America NYC for the release of No Turning Back with a conversation between Rania Abouzeid and PBS Frontline's Martin Smith on the stories of loss and hope in an unremitting war. 


Rania Abouzeid @Raniaab
Class of 2016-2017 Fellow, New America
Author, No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

Martin Smith @Martin28Smith
Emmy-winning producer and Correspondent, PBS Frontline

Copies of Rania Abouzeid's No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria will be available for purchase. Follow the conversation online using #NoTurningBack and by following @NewAmericaNYC