The Great Divide Between the Arab People and Their Leaders

The Arab public has grown disillusioned with its leaders’ broken promises.

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The modern Arab state emerged in the 20th century, roughly around the time of the Arab League’s establishment in 1945. Since then, it has been dominated by a small group of religious, military and aristocratic elites who avoid discussions about the role of religion in politics and society. To this day, there remains tension between […]

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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.