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.