Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. In modern Syria, family and politics are closely intertwined. In 1971 Hazef al-Assad became the president of Syria, established an authoritarian regime and reigned for three decades until his death. In 2000 Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father as the President of Syria. Moreover, his authority in the state is based on the support of his family members – President al-Assad is surrounded by his relatives and members of the Alawite community holding key positions in the state's military and political structures. Learn more about the al-Assad family in this book.