Pity the nation: Assessing a half-century of Assadist rule

Fifty years ago, on November 13, 1970, Hafez al-Assad seized power from rival factions of the ruling Baath Party. Dubbed the “corrective revolution” by his new regime, Assad’s coup d’état represented the defeat of a leftist faction and the ascent of party moderates. Yet few imagined at the time that this seizure of power by … Continue reading Pity the nation: Assessing a half-century of Assadist rule