Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Are these the last days of al-Assad's regime?

Nine months have passed since the uprising in Syria began. But events there have taken a very different path to those followed in the other states involved in the Arab Awakening.

For one, the government of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, remains in power and does not seem to be in any danger of being overthrown by either domestic or international forces.

But the exact situation inside the country remains unclear: the one defining feature of the Syrian situation has been confusion.

The al-Assad government has largely throttled media coverage and the few recent interviews the president has given have flatly contradicted all the claims made by international governments and organisations.

Inside Syria, Al Jazeera's new weekly broadcast examining events in Syria, will attempt to shed as much light as possible on the situation inside the country, albeit from outside Syria.

On this episode we are joined by Samir Aita, the editor of the Arabic edition of La Monde Diplomatique, Patrick Seale, the author of The Struggle for Syria and Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East, and Ammar Waqqaf, a member of the Syrian Social Club, as we ask: Just what direction is Syria heading in? Read More