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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The Fourth Saudi State

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has fundamentally changed the Saudi system of governance established by his grandfather decades ago. In his drive to succeed his ailing father, King...

The Trouble With Establishing Democracy in Sudan

Since gaining independence from the British in 1956, Sudan has experienced only intermittent periods of democratic rule. Although the British encouraged the rise of political parties and empowered national...

Why Uprisings in the Middle East Fail

The uprisings in 2010-11 against autocratic Arab regimes stunned the world. The region’s ruling oligarchs were known for systematically suppressing even the slightest manifestations of public discontent. When the...

Europe’s Influence on Arab Radicalism

European radicalism has had a significant impact on Arab political thinking. After the First World War, German Nazism and Italian fascism appealed to Arabs, who were attracted to the...

The Illusion of Arab Nationalism

The Arab uprisings briefly resurrected the idea of Arab nationalism. During the 2011 Pan Arab Games in Qatar, spectators sang the unofficial Arab national anthem, the lyrics of which...

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