The Assads of Syria — Part 1: struggle, intrigue, and defiance

John Wight
6 min readMay 20, 2023

The name Assad has been inextricably linked with Syria’s fortunes since 1970, when Hafez al-Assad (above), while defence minister, came to power on the back of an intra-party struggle within the ruling Baath Party, which culminated in him staging the coup that put him there.

Thereafter he initiated his self-styled ‘Corrective Movement’ of radical reforms to…

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