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Losing Legitimacy in Syria

Mitchell, Lincoln A.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent comments that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as has "lost legitimacy" suggest that the U.S. may pursue a more aggressive policy in Syria. Assad has presided over a repressive and authoritarian regime since coming to power in 2000, following almost 30 years of a similarly repressive regime in Syria led by al-Assad's father, Hafez al-Assad. In the last few weeks and months, al-Assad has become even more brutal as his regime cracks down on demonstrations and demands for more freedom following similar movements in other North African countries.

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October 28, 2011