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Dr. Joseph A. Kechichian

Dr. Joseph A. Kechichian

Dr. Joseph A. Kechichian is an American scholar of Armenian descent. He is a commentator and author of several books on Gulf affairs.

 Recent Articles

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    Wednesday Nov 26

    Iran: ‘Policeman of the Gulf’?

    Tehran’s future geo-strategic role in the Middle East and Southeast Asia is so critical that its leaders will not hesitate to bargain in earnest to transform it

  • story 2
    Wednesday Nov 19

    Who is winning the Arab Spring?

    A strong argument can and should be made that Arabs in general, and those confronting dictatorial regimes in particular, have demonstrated impeccable resilience

  • story 3
    Wednesday Nov 12

    Wars of convenience in Syria

    There is a full-fledged conflict in the country that requires attention and while extremists in Daesh must and can be confronted, US credibility is on the line

  • story 4
    Wednesday Nov 5

    How to save the Syrian Revolution

    The Syrian National Council’s representatives ought to end their existing differences and settle for a permanent president

  • story 5
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Tunisians voted for reforms, not revolution

    While a lot still needs to be done, the world ought to applaud Tunisians for articulating a clear alternative and openly rejecting bloodshed

  • story 6
    Wednesday Oct 22

    A Daesh air force and WMDs: What next?

    It may be far better to cut the group down quickly and spare innocent lives, than weaving fairy-tales around its invincibility

  • story 7
    Wednesday Oct 15

    From empires to statelets

    Regrettably, Iraq and Syria seem programmed to implode unless effective federal systems are created, while Lebanon looks impossible to save in its present form

  • story 8
    Wednesday Oct 8

    Lebanon’s problems in electing a president

    Shiites felt Sunni and Christian political privileges ought to be proportionate and that the time was right to debate and agree to a new power-sharing formula

  • story 9
    Wednesday Oct 1

    Is Daesh more dangerous than Bashar Al Assad?

    It may be difficult to rationalise some of the latest actions and it may be convenient to ignore grievances, but what is harder to do is to pretend that the regime in Damascus is part of the solution

  • story 10
    Wednesday Sep 24

    A Saudi-Iranian meeting of minds

    Unlike thaws between any two bitter rivals, this one goes beyond the quest for regional influence and includes ideological schisms