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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 Aug 27

    Fighting a good fight against extremism

    Identifying Al Assad as a secularist in hopes of bolstering the war on Isil is sheer hypocrisy. The world must place its hopes on decent individuals, not criminals

  • story 2
    Wednesday Aug 20

    Why anticipate the demise of Qaboos?

    Journalists in this part of the world ought to adopt higher standards of reporting and stop spreading rumours on the health of Arab heads of state

  • story 3
    Wednesday Aug 13

    Why Nouri Al Maliki Failed in Iraq?

    Why Nouri Al Maliki Failed in Iraq?

  • Wednesday Aug 6

    Arabs cherish traditional values not tribalism

    ‘Caliph’ Ebrahim and his backers forget that most Arabs and, for that matter most Muslims, identify themselves in terms of their citizenships

  • Wednesday Jul 30

    Why the Ebrahim ‘Caliphate’ is a dud

    Ironically, the self-appointed ‘Caliph’ said nothing about the carnage in Gaza, nor the fact that nearly 2,000 hapless individuals found refuge at the Greek Orthodox church in Zaytun

  • Wednesday Jul 23

    ‘Houston, we’ve got a leadership problem!’

    We now live in a very predictable world in which no earth-shattering geopolitical dangers exist. Yet, all of us pretend that we are fighting open-ended wars

  • story 7
    Wednesday Jul 16

    Why Al Baghdadi and his ‘state’ will fail

    The Isil chief’s short record, which is about 10 days old, is far more complicated because no respectable religious entity has backed him

  • story 8
    Wednesday Jul 9

    ‘The tragedy of the Arabs’? Really?

    In time, Syrians and Iraqis, among others, and Sunnis and Shiites, more broadly, will find the mechanism to co-exist in peace just like Catholics and Protestants

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    Wednesday Jul 2

    The first caliphate of the 21st century, or is it?

    Militant groups volunteering to butcher each other on command can’t claim the moral high ground they so desperately seek to further their agendas

  • story 10
    Wednesday Jun 25

    Saudi Arabia and Egypt forge a new alliance

    By stopping in Egypt, King Abdullah signalled to the world that he understood the country’s importance and had no compunction to back Al Sissi when the latter took serious risks as field marshal against the Muslim Brotherhood

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