Is Assad Really a Master Strategist?

Wellen, Russ
January 2014
Foreign Policy in Focus;1/2/2014, p2
The article explores the great strategy of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that made him appear reasonable, rational and ready to compromise amid the uprising in his country. Al-Assad's decision to destroy his government's stock pile of chemical weapons staved off U.S. planned military strike against Syria allowing him to save his government and consolidate his position against the Syrian rebels. Al-Assad also effectively portrayed the rebels as jihadists and terrorists.


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