Rami Khouri on the Middle East

The Counter-Revolution Is in Full Swing
Agence Global
April 11, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Middle East

“BEIRUT — It is common for analysts in the Middle East and abroad to view most of the conflicts and tensions in our region through the lens of — take your pick:

a) the Iranian-Saudi Arabian regional cold war,

b) the Shiite-Sunni confrontation,

c) conservative Arab monarchies vs. Arab populist revolutionary and democratic movements, or,

d) pro-American hegemony or anti-American resistance movements.

There is some truth in all four conflict frameworks above, but I suspect we are dealing with something much more profound and historical than one basic conflict that hosts many smaller battlefields.”

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