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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Jordan’s Perennial Quest for Survival

U.S. officials described the Defense Cooperation Agreement signed between the United States and Jordan earlier this year as a reflection of Jordan’s strategic importance to the Middle East. The...

The Saudi-UAE Alliance Turns Sour

Relations between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates appear strong on the surface. Both countries worked closely to defeat the Arab uprisings and topple the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated regime...

Iran’s Pretense of Strength

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For Iraq, an Arab Alliance Remains Illusive

In August 2020, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi unveiled the New Sham project, an initiative aimed at fostering economic integration between Iraq, Egypt and Jordan, as a prelude to...

Iran’s Conservatives Tighten Their Grip on Power

Ebrahim Raisi's election as Iran's eighth president since the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Shah in 1979 opens a new chapter in the Islamic Republic's politics. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...

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