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Joseph A Kechichian

Iran

The kingdom's reformist monarch: Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (1924-2015)

Saudi king spearheaded unprecedented social and economic reforms, and vowed to alleviate poverty.

Politics

A 'rare' Arab intellectual: Fouad Ajami (1945-2014)

Ajami condemned autocratic Arab governments and called on the West to confront what he called a 'culture of terrorism'.

Bahrain

GCC crisis: 'A thing of the past'

The resolution of the recent crisis has shown that the pillars of the GCC are strong and can withstand periodic jolts.

Politics

Will the violence in Iraq ever ebb?

Iraq's PM talks the security talk but fails to walk the stability walk.

Politics

Kuwait summit: Arab unity or disunity?

Behind customary public pronouncements, representatives from the 22-member League of Arab States clashed in private.

Bahrain

Can Kuwait save the GCC?

Three Arab Gulf states issue an unprecedented and highly critical joint statement that took their ally to the woodshed.

Politics

The Gulf security pact: Another GCC dilemma

How to implement the amended Internal Security Pact.

Politics

Yemen in transition - and in turmoil

Transition efforts crossed several hurdles, however, serious security challenges remain unresolved.

Politics

No end in sight for Lebanon polarisation

Will additional schisms among political groups topple the frozen balance of power?

Politics

Lebanon's sleeping demons

Will the Special Tribunal for Lebanon untangle the current political deadlock?