Topic: Ba'ath Party
Bashar al-Assad and his father, Hafez al-Assad, kept Syria stable for 40 years through Machiavellian guile and ruthlessness, while sowing havoc elsewhere in the region.
04/29/2011 01:32 pm
How have authoritarian regimes remained in control so long in the Middle East? In Syria's case, a critical factor is the concentration of power in a single family, political party, and religious sect.
04/29/2011 01:21 pm
More than 200 Baath Party members announced their resignation Wednesday in the largest expression of dissent since the party came to power in 1963.
04/28/2011 09:17 am
At least 49 people were killed today when Syrian security forces used live ammunition to disperse the largest antiregime demonstrations yet.
04/22/2011 03:27 pm
Can Syria make a transition to democracy without facing the deadly battles now seen in Libya, or the repression in Bahrain? Yes, if enough leaders within Syria show vision and restraint, and if they are open to some outside mediation from South Africa, Turkey, and the US.
04/22/2011 11:00 am
Many thought that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was at heart a reformer. But his response to unprecedented protests and violence suggest otherwise.
04/21/2011 03:44 pm
Three weeks of protests in Syria have revealed the violent hand of the Assad regime, yet the US is not responding to this crisis in the same way it did in Libya.
04/01/2011 03:33 pm
Assad supporters rallied in Syria's capital today ahead of a Wednesday speech in which the embattled president is expected to outline new reforms.
03/29/2011 02:00 pm
Syria is a gateway for Iran's influence in the Middle East, but it has also been a relatively predictable neighbor for Israel. If Assad's regime comes unhinged, that could all change.
03/28/2011 01:05 pm
Elsewhere in Syria, anti-government protesters torched a police station and tore down a statue of the former President Hafez Assad, father of current President Bashar Assad.
03/27/2011 10:19 am