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Wed April 27, 2011
Middle East

Protests Disrupt Syria's Power Structure

Morning Edition takes a step back from the news to take a look at the history of Syria, which has been ruled for 40 years by the Assad family. In spite of a British education and promises of change, when the strongman's son, Bashar al-Assad, came to power in 2000, he turned out to be more like his father than the West had hoped. Syria expert Joshua Landis talks to Steve Inskeep about how loyalty defines the Assad family's rule.

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