Hilal Khashan

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.

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Iran’s Threats of War Are a Bluff

Iran has ambitions that it is ideologically incapable of dropping. They include joining the global nuclear club and gaining the status of regional power. But its nuclear program and...

The Myth of the US-Saudi Strategic Alliance

U.S.-Saudi relations have been deteriorating since 2014, when the Obama administration announced its intention to reach an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. The special relationship between the...

Egypt’s Coptic Christians: A History of Exclusion and Discrimination

Two incidents earlier this month highlighted the discrimination facing Egypt’s Coptic Christians. In Alexandria, a Coptic priest was stabbed to death by someone whom the police described as a...

In Arab Republics, the Military Still Dominates

Throughout the Arab world, army officers have staged military coups promising democratic and economic reforms, often espousing revolutionary slogans and presenting themselves as saviors. But inevitably, they emerge as...

Explaining Arab Affinity for Vladimir Putin

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