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Osama bin Laden’s capture and the April bombing in Marrakesh raise serious questions about government use of the terrorist threat as a tool in achieving policy objectives. In hindsight, it is hard to dismiss the possibility that at least some American agencies had known beforehand that the 9/11 attack was imminent, allowing it to happen… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Over the last decade, anti-Americanism has become widespread and reached its peak in the Arab world. The United States’ support for Israel and the Saudi regime, its army’s involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as its unilateralism, have fuelled hatred of America to unprecedented levels. To be sure, there were a few American foreign… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Assad family’s Syria has been credited by an Arab expert, wrongly I believe, with being the political model emulated by the likes of Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussein or Ali Saleh. The same expert calls the Arab countries led by presidents-for-life and by their offspring “monarchic republics”. Whilst the label is appropriate, the political model for… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

UN Resolution no.1973 authorising the humanitarian intervention in Libya could rightly be considered as one of the Security Council’s most important decisions to date. It came at a crucial moment in the multilateral organisation’s history, when the UN’s very existence was threatened by US unilateralism, as advocated by a cohort of American IR experts led… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Since the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union is the only global actor which has enshrined in its constitution the obligation of member countries to abide by United Nations norms and resolutions, affirming in no uncertain terms the Union’s commitment to multilateralism. After the US intervention in Iraq, the EU adopted the European… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

As the attention of the international public opinion over the last month has been focused on the developments in Libya, the Gulf kingdoms have been busy repressing pro-democracy protests, from Manama to Sanaa. Headed by Saudi Arabia, who provides the military force or the money, Persian Gulf rulers are hoping to avoid the long overdue… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Political leaders of oil-rich countries are far less likely to relinquish power or, in the case of kingdoms, to adopt much-needed constitutional changes One of the peculiarities of the world we live in is the dire situation entire nations find themselves in because they happen to be rich in oil and gas resources. Far from… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The popular uprisings ushering in fundamental change across the Arab world look set to continue until the protesters’ demands are largely met. Libyans fight increasingly bloody battles against the Gaddafi regime, whilst protests are continuing on the streets of Sanaa, Amman, Manama, Cairo or Tunis. The unprecedented scale and intensity of the protests have caught… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi