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On leaving the old guard and welcoming the new

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

In the past, we used to view China as being very far away from us geographically, but this has changed in the age of globalization and the birth of the “global village.” The development that took place in China last week therefore concerns us in our economy and security because it concerns global international and economic balances. The 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party not only extended the term of President Xi Jinping for five years, but it went much more beyond ...

Ghassan Charbel

Syria: Should Astana negotiations be expanded?

Monday, 30 October 2017

The defeat of the self-proclaimed Caliphate of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is almost achieved. It's only a matter of weeks for the pseudo-state before it disappears from the scene, most likely before the beginning of 2018. In Syria, a new diplomatic-military dispensation is being set up, the one succeeding that which emerged in 2011.UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura summed up the current situation when he said: “ISIS has been routed in the desert (...) Terrorism is on the defensive, even if it ...

Christian Chesnot

Kennedy’s secrets, but what about our secrets?

Monday, 30 October 2017

What’s known and unraveled from history’s secrets is a minority unlike the hidden and unknown, a majority. That’s nature’s law. History writers, officials and those that go unnoticed, work hard and compile data yet, whether they are narrators interested in abstract facts, or interested in analysis and comparison, many documents and files have always been kept away from them. As such, history remains an open text, a sentence without parenthesis, and that is the beauty of ...

Mashari Althaydi

The Saudi revolution: It’s time for skeptics to stop doubting

Monday, 30 October 2017

It is time for the skeptics to stop expressing their doubt and surprise, to stop rubbing their eyes and start immersing themselves in the wave of change happening in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Everyone, including the citizens of GCC and Arab countries, need to be aware that this Saudi renaissance today is bigger and more comprehensive than just the kingdom, and more impactful than you may think. We are facing a socio-economic revolution spearheaded by the leaders of the country of leaders, ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

Palestinian reconciliation ... anew!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Finally, the Palestinians reconcile with Fatah and Hamas agreeing to unite. I do not know how many times have they joined forces but the important aspect is they are reconciling. Egypt had put all its political weight and pressed the parties to reach a settlement. Now everyone has his hand on his heart for fear of failure of this agreement as many of the earlier agreements on rapprochement has failed. The situation of Palestinian inter-factional conflict is a sad picture of the most important ...

Hussein Shobokshi

Saudi Arabia, before 1979 and after 2017

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently discussed the phase before 1979 and clarified that the Saudi society is not how extremists promoted it. He then made those historical words: “We are returning to what we were before -- a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world. We will not spend the next 30 years of our lives dealing with destructive ideas. We will destroy them today.” The crown prince’s statements are important because when Saudi ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

Re-defining the Near East’s borders

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Recurring calls by Lebanese President Michel Aoun and his son-in-law Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil for the “return” of the Syrian displaced persons, remind me of the campaigns of Eastern and central Europe’s extreme right leaders against Syrian refugees. These calls are issued, however, against a background larger than Lebanon, even possibly larger than the Arabs.What underlines this impression is the campaign orchestrated by security services associating most crimes and ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

Iraqis in Saudi Arabia and vice versa

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

What’s right and normal is for Saudi Arabia’s relations with Iraq to be good and prosperous as the opposite of that is wrong and abnormal. Iraq has historical, social and economic ties with the people of the Arabian Peninsula, especially Najd and Ahsa. While addressing the Iraqi delegation headed by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and in the presence of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, King Salman said: “What links Saudi Arabia to Iraq is not just geography and common ...

Mashari Althaydi

Can Qatar stay in the GCC?

Monday, 23 October 2017

Those in control of the Qatari media succeeded in isolating the Qatari people from their Gulf surrounding and left them talking to themselves. Qatari media outlets had not found any echo outside their Qatari environment. Al-Jazeera itself horribly failed at marketing the Qatari stance outside Doha. Qatar is not in harmony with its Gulf surrounding, and the upcoming Gulf Summit is an appropriate opportunity for the Gulf media to confirm to everyone and to the Qatari people that Gulf countries ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

Hezbollah and Arab Shiites in Gulf countries

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

When it comes to the impact of Hezbollah’s role on politics and security in the Middle East, it is necessary to first talk about Iran’s role in detail. For all intents and purposes, Hezbollah is the political and military arm of the theocratic regime in Iran and is considered the vanguard among ‘the followers on the path of Al-Imam’. In fact, Hezbollah cadres are the most well trained and best prepared among members of this broader movement — the followers on the ...

Kamel Al-Khatti

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