Two Middle East experts examine the internal and foreign policy challenges faced by Syrian leader Bashar al-Asad since he went from being an ophthalmologist to succeed his father as president in 2000.


  • Shibley Telhami Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, and author of "The Stakes: America in the Middle East" (Westview Press)
  • David Lesch Professor of Middle East history, Trinity University, Texas, and author of "The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria" (Yale University Press)

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