The Problem With Young Dictators

A poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) and his late father and predecessor Hafez al-Assad in Damascus on May 1. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
A poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) and his late father and predecessor Hafez al-Assad in Damascus on May 1. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

The classic image of the dictator clinging to power, resisting the world’s entreaties to resign, and fending off internal attempts at ouster is that of...

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