Middle East Economic Survey
Can Economic Reforms Deliver Syria Politically?
The demise of Syrian President Hafiz al-Asad in June 2000 and the quick succession by his son Bashar opened the way for a new chapter in Syrias economic development. Many observers at the time saw the change of guard as an opportunity to modernize and liberalize the socialist-style economy which characterized Syria since the 1960s. Reforms have taken place since 2000, but not at the pace...