Title

The Arab Spring - And Winter - in Syria

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2011

Abstract

Syrian President Bashar al-Asad officially took the constitutional oath of office and delivered his inaugural speech on 17 July 2000 in Damascus. By Syrian standards, it was a remarkably enlightened speech, replete with criticisms of certain policies in the past, even those of his predecessor and father, Hafiz al-Asad, who ruled Syria from 1970 until his death in June 2000. The frankness of the speech confirmed the hopes among many in and outside of Syria that indeed Bashar was a breath of fresh air who would lead the country in a new direction.

Document Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/14781158.2011.601859

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Publication Information

Global Change, Peace and Security

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