This commentary was published in The Daily Star on 07/06/2011
In a much-publicized interview with The New York Times on May 10, Rami Makhlouf, the influential cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad, acted as the spokesperson for the Syrian regime, and for its ruling family.
Radwan Ziadeh is director of Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies and a visiting scholar at George Washington University. His most recent book is “Power and Policy in Syria: Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations and Democracy in the Modern Middle East” (I.B. Tauris, 2011). He wrote this commentary for THE DAILY STAR.