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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 Jan 21

    The Guantanamo shame that won’t go away

    Some form of torture continued even after 2008, including the excessive reliance on drones that killed many innocent human beings in Yemen and elsewhere

  • story 2
    Wednesday Dec 17

    America needs a constitutional amendment to ban torture

    The US does not belong to Cheney and men and women of his ilk. It is much larger than those who pretend to defend its values, because ordering the torture of fellow human beings cannot and ought not be an American trait

  • story 3
    Wednesday Dec 10

    Muslim scholars chastise Al Baghdadi

    Two of the most important assertions of the ‘Open Letter’ focused on the ban in Islam to ‘declare a Caliphate without consensus from all Muslims’

  • story 4
    Wednesday Dec 3

    GCC reconciliation summit on right course

    Bloc members will seal their mutual understanding in Sunday’s meeting 
and open a fresh chapter in their quest for a union

  • story 5
    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 6
    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 7
    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 8
    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 9
    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 10
    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