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On November 13, 1970, Syria witnessed its last of many coups following its 1946 independence from the French. Fifty years later, the country remains led by a dynasty that has outlasted not only nine American presidents, but has also managed to maintain its iron grip over Syria while surrounding regimes have successively succumbed to regional upheaval.
This panel will reflect on the Assad family’s impact on Syria and the region, its relationship with the United States, and what the future might hold for the family and the regime.
Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Middle East Programs
A conversation with
Dr. Samir Al-Taqi
Middle East Institute
Lecturer in Middle East and North African Studies
Janet Wright Ketcham 1953 Chair in Middle East Studies
Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
American University of Beirut
UK Bureau Chief
Al Arabiya News Channel
Mon, Nov 16, 2020
While the present Syrian government is unlikely to cooperate, much can be done in the short and medium term to lay the groundwork for a sustainable and credible process. Finding more than 130,000 missing persons will require investigations across Syria and beyond.
Tue, Oct 6, 2020
The Caesar Act is not the solution, but an important tool that the US and the international community must use alongside others to end the killing in my homeland.
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