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“This is a regime that is entirely dependent on coercion, and the coercion is failing, and when a regime is entirely dependent on coercion that is not succeeding, you know that that’s a regime that’s not going to be around for an extended period.”
“At the end of the day, the image [Bashar Assad] had created about being a modernizer was purely an image and didn’t reflect reality. Some people speculate that his brother, Maher, who heads the Republican Guard, pushed him into it [the military crackdown]. I don’t buy it. He presided over a very corrupt regime that depended on operating a certain way.” Dennis Ross previously served as special assistant to President Obama and senior director for the central region at the National Security Council. ( Dennis Ross interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman - Council on Foreign Relations)

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