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Inside the mind of Bashar al-Assad: Author explores brutal dictatorship

He has traits of Latin American dictators, of leaders of former Eastern European regimes but he distinguishes himself through his unique propensity to violence. That's the description of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a new book published this month. One of the authors, Ziad Majed, is Professor of Middle East studies at the American University of Paris. He gives us his perspective on who Assad is and how the Syrian leader has been able to remain in power throughout the war.

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After eight years of brutal civil war, with over half a million people killed and millions more forced to flee their homes, there is talk of an endgame in Syria - but to what end?

Our guest Ziad Majed is opposed to a short-term scenario in which Assad stays in power. "If we accept today’s reality in Syria it means normalizing the idea that crimes against humanity and war crimes can be practiced with no reaction," he told FRANCE 24.

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