The UAE’s Quest to Rehabilitate the Syrian Regime

Abu Dhabi is keen on demonstrating that it can take on a prominent regional role without Saudi involvement.

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There’s an old adage in the Arab world: You can’t go to war without Egypt or make peace without Syria. Today, a decade after the beginning of the Syrian civil war, these words ring true for many Arab leaders. Despite the fact that Bashar Assad seems confident that his regime won the war, Arab leaders […]

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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.