Syria - Quiet before the Storm 2

Syria – Quiet before the Storm? Part 3

The nail in the coffin for Syria’s rule in Lebanon came in February 2005, when former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri was killed in an assassination attempt in Beirut. The assassination of post-war Lebanon’s most prominent politician and businessman sparked such strong protests against Syria locally and internationally that Bashar al-Asad was forced to withdraw his […]

Syria - Quiet before the Storm 3

Syria – Quiet before the Storm? Part 2

It soon became clear, however, that the political opening had its limits. In the spring of 2001, the regime tightened its freedom of expression and assembly and warned the opposition against “sowing discord” in the country. In the autumn of 2001, the government cracked down on leading opposition figures. There were various reasons why political […]