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Some return to the past, others look to the future

  • Afew days ago, I attended the World Government Summit in Dubai. Boasting contributions from a select group of leading political, economic, scientific and intellectual figures, it took place a few days before the seventh anniversary of the popular uprising that ended Muammar Qaddafi’s rule in...
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The unlikely demise of the Arab Spring

  • News of the premature demise of the Arab Spring, the spontaneous wave of mass protests calling for regime change and political rights, are greatly exaggerated. Those who believe that the phenomenon is over and done with rest their prognosis on a number of factors. Since the contagion reached...
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Can Hollande save Europe?

  • After slamming Europe’s austerity fix for the debt crisis, Francois Hollande’s crusade for growth began picking up support even before his win, but can he bring the skeptics and the markets around?One of only a handful of Socialist leaders at the European Union table, Hollande’s win adds another...
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ICC must not resort to selective justice

  • After 420 days of trial (over nearly four years), 115 witnesses, over 50,000 pages of testimony, and 1,520 exhibits, Charles Taylor, warlord-turned-president of Liberia, was found guilty on 11 counts by the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone.Taylor was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against...
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Tech, tactics ramp up pressure on militant groups

  • Despite quietly dropping the phrase “war on terror,” when it comes to battling worldwide militant networks the success of the United States and its allies goes well beyond the killing of Osama Bin Laden.With Britain deploying surface to air missiles, fighter jets and warships around London ahead...
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My concerns about Gulf Union

  • Leaders of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council will meet in Riyadh tomorrow (Monday) to discuss the proposal made by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on transforming the group into a Gulf Union. Many have welcomed the proposal, and at the same time many others have raised their...
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Let democracy work in Egypt

  • Much talk and action have taken place in Egypt in the past few weeks, with activists demanding removal of the military council and the subsequent violent reprisals by the military against demonstrators. People have died as a result. But do they have to? Do Egyptians need to continue to protest at...
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Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood rises to help lead opposition

  • After three decades of persecution that virtually eradicated its presence, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has resurrected itself to become the dominant group in the fragmented opposition movement pursuing a 14-month uprising against President Bashar Assad.Exiled Brotherhood members and their...
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Egypt vote won’t push the generals aside

  • Near the rock-strewn scene of a bloody anti-army protest, conservative, liberal and other politicians sat with ruling generals this month to haggle over Egypt’s future after its first presidential vote since Hosni Mubarak’s fall.At stake in the Defense Ministry meeting, held just hours after 11...
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Brotherhood faces new challenges in Egypt

  • On the eve of the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power, the Muslim Brotherhood braced itself for a wave of mass detentions, convinced the president was planning to hand power to his son and would order a crackdown on opposition.In is a testament to how much has changed since then, the...
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