Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

First Advisor

Joseph Szyliowicz

Second Advisor

Daniel McIntosh

Keywords

Bashar Al-Assad, Decision Making, Leadership Analysis, Syria

Abstract

This thesis is intended to identify the distinctive traits of Syrian leadership. Its purpose is to better serve policy makers as they confront the challenges Syria presents. The first section identifies major research on decision making and leadership analysis. The second section is an analysis of Syria's leadership components. The third section uses several quantitative methods to identify the leadership traits of President Bashar Al-Assad. A psychological leadership profile of the figurehead creates added complexity to the structural analysis, but is relevant because it has the capability of allowing actual policy makers to deal with their Syrian counterpart. Bashar Al-Assad is found to be a complex dictator by both Middle Eastern and world standards, who is likely to respond to challenges slowly, and with an eye towards his domestic constituency. His regime will continue as long as he can find the right balance between reform and conservation.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Taylor Reed

File size

134 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

International relations, Personality psychology

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