The Resiliency of Authoritarianism: The Assad Regime of Syria

Seema Kassab


The purpose of this research is to identify the factors contributing to the resiliency of Syria’s President Assad amongst a backdrop of falling authoritarians during the Arab Spring. After determining the Assad’s regime’s strategies of authoritarian rule both before and after the 2011 uprisings, this paper theorizes what Assad’s persistence is most dependent on today by analyzing his discourse throughout the conflict. Assad’s framing of the war to the media has significantly legitimized his rule.


Syria; Authoritarianism; Middle East

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