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Bashar al-Asad and Syria’s Descent into Mayhem

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In the span of six years, Bashar al-Asad went from practicing ophthalmology in London to leading an army and a country. As President, he made an attempt to modernize Syria in the short-lived “Damascus spring.”

He raised tremendous hopes in Syria and in the whole world, but quickly reversed the course falling back to business as usual. After a lost decade, a civil war erupted with no end in sight and the potential to destabilize the Middle-East.

What enabled him to deny his missteps and blame Syria’s problems on others? Did he make his own decisions or were they imposed on him by his aggressive younger brother Maher and his father’s stalwarts within the regime? To what extent is he really in control?

How did a polite, unassuming, shy man, a well-rounded and caring physician, a technologically savvy professional, a doting father, and the faithful husband of a cosmopolitan woman, misinterpret the unfolding Arab spring and turn into a tyrant responsible for thousands of deaths and atrocities?

This paper analyzes Bashar’s personality traits and leadership style, the groupthink within his circle of advisors, and his deep familial, clannish, cultural, political, historical roots that are leading Syria into a mayhem with no apparent exit strategy for the Asads.

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Bashar al-Asad, personality, Syria, civil war, Arab spring
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Suardi, Enrico. "Bashar al-Asad and Syria’s Descent into Mayhem" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel, Jul 04, 2013 <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p657942_index.html>

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Suardi, E. , 2013-07-04 "Bashar al-Asad and Syria’s Descent into Mayhem" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p657942_index.html

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Abstract: In the span of six years, Bashar al-Asad went from practicing ophthalmology in London to leading an army and a country. As President, he made an attempt to modernize Syria in the short-lived “Damascus spring.”

He raised tremendous hopes in Syria and in the whole world, but quickly reversed the course falling back to business as usual. After a lost decade, a civil war erupted with no end in sight and the potential to destabilize the Middle-East.

What enabled him to deny his missteps and blame Syria’s problems on others? Did he make his own decisions or were they imposed on him by his aggressive younger brother Maher and his father’s stalwarts within the regime? To what extent is he really in control?

How did a polite, unassuming, shy man, a well-rounded and caring physician, a technologically savvy professional, a doting father, and the faithful husband of a cosmopolitan woman, misinterpret the unfolding Arab spring and turn into a tyrant responsible for thousands of deaths and atrocities?

This paper analyzes Bashar’s personality traits and leadership style, the groupthink within his circle of advisors, and his deep familial, clannish, cultural, political, historical roots that are leading Syria into a mayhem with no apparent exit strategy for the Asads.


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