His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal discussed the current state of the Middle East peace process and the Saudi-U.S. relationship.
The Obama administration is trying to avoid a complete collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which are faltering over the expiration of the settlement moratorium.
The United Nations Tribunal investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is expected to release its findings soon and might indict members of Hizbollah. This has raised tensions in Lebanon to the breaking point.
President Ahmadinejad’s meeting with the leader of Hezbollah is further evidence of Iran’s efforts to gain a foothold in the Middle East as one of the key regional players.
Democratic transformation and improved human rights in the Arab world have been stymied not only by authoritarian regimes and a lack of pressure from the West, but also by a number of social, political, and cultural obstacles to democratisation that exist within Arab society.
In the last few years, the Lebanese Army has found itself in a relatively stable national context for the first time since the 1970s. The military should seize this moment to open dialogue channels with political leaders in order to persuade them to think and budget for long-term military development in Lebanon.
The possibility that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon might indict members of Hizbollah in its investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has increased tensions and could result in the collapse of Lebanon’s fragile political balance.
The Arab world is trapped between two major forces—an entrenched political establishment that lacks checks and balances and Islamist movements who are often militant and whose commitment to political diversity is often suspect.
The relative plurality found in both Egypt and Lebanon is rare in the Arab world; politicians and media officials in both countries should embrace this rich pluralistic characteristic instead of seeking to undermine it.
As Islamist movements in the Arab world become more politically active, they are struggling to pursue their moral and religious agenda under unfriendly or repressive regimes.