Assessing the Syrian health crisis: the case of LebanonOp-ed: The Lancet on April 18, 2013
In a piece for The Lancet, co-authored by CDDRL scholar Rajaie Batniji, the authors warn that the failure of the international community to address the crisis in Syria threatens health systems in Lebanon and other neighbouring nations. Read more »
Op-ed: World Peace Foundation blog on January 7, 2013
Lina Khatib comments on Qatari foreign policy with special reference to Libya in a piece published by the World Peace Foundation on the WPF Blog. Read more »
Image politics in the Middle EastOp-ed: LSE Middle East Center Blog on December 7, 2012
Marking the publication of Lina Khatib's new book, Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (2012), Khatib comments on the centrality of the visual in the politics of the region for the LSE Middle East Center blog. Read more »
War Games Revived in LebanonOp-ed
The crisis in Syria has revived sectarian tensions in neighboring Lebanon, fueling internal divisions reminiscent of the period leading up to the 1970's civil war. Lina Khatib, manager of CDDRL's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, writes in The Guardian about the recent events and underlying tensions that have escalated conflict between Lebanon's Shia and Sunni communities. Khatib argues that a loss of confidence in state institutions and a weakened leadership makes Lebanon vulnerable to escalated civil strife. Read more »
CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed
In an article for The New Republic's online symposium 'What Should the United States Do About Syria,' Larry Diamond argues that multilateral engagement is the best approach to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Read more »
Op-ed: CPD Blog on January 30, 2012
One year after the Arab Spring, American public diplomacy is still facing the now-established conundrum of linking words and actions. The rise of Islamist political parties as the new leaders in the Arab world is the latest challenge for U.S. public diplomacy, but it is also an opportunity. Read more »
Op-ed: New York Times Latitude blog on January 17, 2012
Lebanon’s peculiar brand of democracy, dysfunctional and widely unpopular, is a perennial source of national vexation, debated over Sunday lunches and in the press. Read more »
Op-ed: Nieman Reports
Visiting Scholar Ahmed Benchemsi discusses the seemingly paradoxic relationship between the independent media and the Moroccan government in two pieces for Harvard's Nieman Reports. Read more »
Shaping public diplomacy in the Arab worldOp-ed: USC Public Diplomacy Blog on August 25, 2011
Lina Khatib head of the Program on Arab Reform at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, examines the role of public diplomacy in the Arab world in two new pieces. Commenting for Bloomberg.com, Khatib highlights Muammar Qaddafi's strategic partnership with Bashar al-Assad in Syria to perpetuate his propaganda machine. Turning attention to US public diplomacy efforts in the region in a blog post for the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, Khatib characterizes the Obama administration's approach as one where words and action do not equate.
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CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: Al Jazeera on July 19, 2011
In an opinion piece for Al Jazeera, Rajaie Batniji uncovers the role of medical professionals involved in acts of torture. With a lens to the unrest in Syria, Batniji calls for an international body to identify, monitor, and disqualify those complicit in torture and genocide. Read more »
CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: The Guardian on June 30, 2011
In anticipation of Morocco's constitutional referendum on July 1, Ahmed Benchemsi argues in a piece for the Guardian that the monarchy's overtures of reform are just a mask for retaining absolute rule. Read more »