Arab Leaders and Their Delicate Egos

Viewing themselves as beyond reproach means they don’t tolerate criticism.

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Arab leaders, no matter how divided they might be, all have one thing in common: They can’t tolerate criticism and go to extreme lengths to suppress their people. Their ultimate political objective is to maintain stability and prevent the population from making demands of them or raising questions about their decision-making. Arab rulers use the […]

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Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.