Hafez al-Assad

A half century after Hafez Assad launched a bloodless coup in Syria, his family still rules the country.
Putin is doubling down on his support for the Syrian president.
I should feel alienated in Trump’s Washington. Instead, I feel the safest I’ve felt in a long time.
Vladimir Putin is only nine years older than Barack Obama, yet they somehow are of a different generation. How could this be?
She lived to the ripe old age of 87. She who Iranians lovingly called the Lioness of Iran. She who chronicled her people's politics, their beauty, their mundane and their extraordinary, their oppression and their plastic surgery, the landscape of their lives.
Tyrant is trading in gross stereotypes. Watching this show begins to shape your understanding of Arab society: volatile, poor, angry, and brutal -- and led by crazed rulers who lavish money on themselves, rape women (regularly), and kill anyone in their way.
While Assad is not optimistic about the upcoming Syria peace talks, he believes the Syrian people deserve a peaceful transition
The tragedy that has befallen the Syrian people demonstrates the horror that the lack of American leadership could precipitate. The Obama administration failed to understand the nature of the Assad regime and its predictable conduct.
Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?
The ease with which violence in Iraq and Syria has negatively impacted surrounding countries underscores the declining significance of borders throughout the Levant.