Til Death do us Apart

Syria and Iran: Bros Before Foes According to Syrian lore, former President Hafez al-Assad often told his young son Bashar that he could always rely on the Iranians, but never other Arab leaders. Indeed, almost all of Syria’s Arab neighbors have now deserted it. Egypt has withdrawn its ambassador, while a UN General Assembly resolution[…]

A somber situation and a breakout

Protests in Daraa lead to death, concessions… and a Syrian Revolution? A few weeks ago the SISMEC Weekly Bulletin reported on Syria’s Bashar al-Asad remaining relatively undisturbed by the uprisings taking place throughout the region.  He had endured small-scale demonstrations, largely in solidarity with Egypt and Tunisia, and quickly stepped in to quell protests against[…]

How a terminal illness spared the regime

Syrian regime stabilized by…pulmonary fibrosis?

 Despite Facebook calls for “days of rage” and imploding mansions of hereditary presidencies in the neighborhood, Syria’s Bashar al-Asad has remained largely unscathed in his Damascus abode.  The man some pejoratively call “the Doctor” (a reference to his training as an ophthalmologist and perceived hasty insertion into Syrian politics after[…]