Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad
President of Syria since 2000


  • Damascus, Syria 1965


  • Arab-French al Hurriya School, Damascus 1982
  • University of Damascus 1988
  • Tishreen Military Hospital Damascus, Residency in Opthalmology
  • Western Eye Hospital, London England 1992


Born on September 11, 1965, Bashar al-Assad had no intension of entering political life, let alone becoming president of Syria. But a tragic death and a calculating father saw to it that he would. Though promising to be a transformational figure who would propel Syria into the 21st century, al-Assad failed, and has instead followed in the footsteps of his father, leading to demands for reform and responding with a violent crackdown on the people of Syria.

Source: Biography