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Towards Comprehensively Reforming Arab Governance, Resource Management

The first wave of Arab revolutions that took eight Arab countries by storm led to very different outcomes. In Syria, Libya, and Yemen, the uprisings descended into ongoing civil wars.

Objectivity and Partnership

At an event I was invited to by the Fouad Chehab Foundation last summer, I gave a talk on Russian-Lebanese relations, while the Russian ambassador, Alexander Zasypkin, gave a talk on the same topic.

'Saddam Asked Me: Have You Read About Welayat al-Faqih?'

One day, Iraqi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hamid al-Jubouri was surprised by a question from President Saddam Hussein: “Have you read about Welayat al-Faqih?" The minister’s response was no. Saddam said: “It is a small book that you must read.” Then he began to talk about “the bad things a