Published in the Huffington Post on Feb. 22, 2012. In his 1999 book, The Dream Palace of the Arabs, Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami examines how Arab nationalism — a secular concept which advocates Arab unity via language and culture — not religion — went into decline following the 1967 War, the 1973 War and … More The End of Pan-Arabism Redux
My first radio appearance on The John Batchelor Show discussing Hamas and Fatah. Fast forward to the end at 30:36.
Published in the Huffington Post on Feb. 15, 2012. Jordan’s struggle with its political identity is not something new, but the social media, the Arab Spring and stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations has revived concerns about Jordan’s future. Jordan ruled the West Bank — territory which the international community now regards as Palestinian — from 1949 to … More King Abdullah’s Growing Anxiety Over the Two-State Solution
Published in the Huffington Post on Feb. 8, 2012. As I previously noted, a multilateral approach advocated by the Arab Peace Initiative could have the potential to prevent Palestinian unilateralism, which offer no security guarantees to Israel. On February 6, in an effort to unite rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas signed a … More Reflections on a New Hamas Strategy
Published in Your Middle East on Feb. 2, 2012. During the first Palestinian intifada (uprising) against Israel in 1988, renowned scholar and former Israeli intelligence chief Yehoshafat Harkabi argued in his book Israel’s Fateful Hour, that in order for Israel to sustain its majority Jewish and democratic character, Israel’s options were not between good and … More Revisiting the Arab Peace Initiative – A Novel Approach to Failed Talks