A syrian fighter plane fires a rocket. Photo: A.Anis, Flickr Creative Commons
As tensions increase in the ongoing, bloody conflict in Syria, the Assad regime clings to power using many brutal methods that the revolutionaries in the Arab Spring had hoped would be gone in exchange for people power.
Slate magazine foreign affairs editor William J. Dobson says that Bashar al-Assad's regime may be the last dictatorial power in the region to cling to the brutal methods that had worked for previous generations.
Dobson tells Steve Fast that the Assad can't sustain power in the wake of an uprising through the same means that worked for previous generations.
"Even though Assad is holding on to power, it's really a pyrrhic victory," Dobson says. "Others were much more sophisticated in their apporach."
Dobson is author of "The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle For Democracy."
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