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It has been six months since Syrians took to the streets demanding the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, who has ruled Syria with an iron grip since 2000. Assad has responded violently to the uprisings, by cracking down and even brutally killing protesters. In total, about 3,000 protesters have been killed.


The United States has called for Assad to relinquish power, Europe has implemented a strict oil embargo on Syria, and Turkey, a one-time Syrian ally, is moving forward with a list of sanctions against Assad’s regime.


Yet, Assad remains in power. Which begs the question: Why do you think the Syrian government has not collapsed? Why has the Syrian revolution been unsuccessful in overthrowing the current government?

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