Marwan Al Kabalan

  • As the Syrian revolution enters its second year, analysts remain busy trying to explain and understand how a country with very strong authoritarian credentials and strict central rule could suddenly slip into chaos and civil conflict.In trying to do that, analysts have made several mistakes. In ...

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  • For the first time since the end of the cold war two decades ago, Russia and China used the veto twice in the UN Security Council to block a resolution regarded particularly in Moscow as another western attempt to ignore its interests in the international arena. Russia’s firm position in ...

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  • For the second time in four months, Russia seems to be inclined to veto a UN Security Council resolution that condemns the Syrian regime’s approach in dealing with the protest movement. In early October, Moscow torpedoed an attempt to castigate the Syrian government for committing flagrant ...

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  • Despite what appears to be genuine democratic movement in the Arab world, the fear of instability in various parts of the Middle East provides the champions of the status quo with a lifeline to advance their argument which has always favoured stability over democracy. Scholars and analysts, who ...

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  • For the past two months Syria has been witnessing a wave of anti-government protests; the most serious during President Bashar Al Assad's decade-long rule. The message protesters sought to convey was that 'if you do not change, you will be changed'. This tough message presents us with key questions ...

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