That might be just fine with his brother Bashar, who seems to value family loyalty above an interest in world affairs. Bashar has intentionally installed relatives in key positions in an attempt to "coup-proof" his regime, according to Landis.
Bashar has apparently found the perfect family member to do just that.
"Maher sees himself as the protector of the regime," said Kattouf. "He's an ugly, ugly guy.