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About Hazem Saghieh

Hazem Saghieh is political editor of the London-based Arab newspaper al-Hayat

Articles by Hazem Saghieh

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Two eras of revolution, and the next

The passing of the bipolar cold war brought a new kind of revolution. But it too is changing as American policy and global politics move on.

Iran vs ISIS, stubborn imperial designs

The conflict of radical Shi'a-Sunni forces is fuelled by unyielding absolutisms that oppose the world's leading trends over the past century.

Khomeini to IS: paths of revolution

The Middle East's political map survived decades of tumult. Its long-term unravelling began with Iran's uprising in 1979.

A critique of Arab critique

The Arab world is often misunderstood by the tendency to ignore or flatten its differences - through time, across states, between peoples. Challenging this essentialism is the condition of progress. 

Arabs without capitals

The fragility of Arab capital cities reflects the lack of legitimacy among their rulers and the wider popular antagonism they provoke. 

Islamism vs the weak Arab nations

The fragility of Arab national identity makes it difficult to resist the Islamic State. This makes the Kurdish experience relevant to the prospects of war against the movement.

Islamists without a book

Most doctrines, political or religious, are embodied in sacred texts that act as guide and inspiration to their followers. Modern Islamists are significantly different.

Iraqis and Kurds: a question of responsibility

Iraq's escalating crisis highlights the contrasting attitudes to the United States of politicians in Baghdad and the Kurdish region.

Gaza, and an Arab civil war

Behind the Arab rhetoric of unity over Gaza - and Syria or Iraq - lie deep and dangerous fractures.

Iraq-Syria: roots of disintegration

Iraq's fragmentation and Syria's implosion are the long-term outcome of the follies of their Ba'athist and other Arab nationalist leaders.

Ba'athism in Iraq-Syria: out of time

The influential nationalist-modernist ideology once attracted religious-sectarian support. Today that process is over, as the latter forces reclaim their older identities.

A great unravelling, and a new map

The crisis around Iraq-Syria reflects the weight of a past that is no longer relevant to the region's peoples, says Hazem Saghieh.

Lebanon and Syria-Iraq: who is more fragile?

The depiction of Lebanon as the most brittle and even artificial nation in its region is based more on myth than reality, says Hazem Saghieh.

An Arab future: India, not Europe

Arabs' fixation on Europe contrasts with their neglect of India, whose experience is far more relevant to their own, says Hazem Saghieh.

Military and Islamist failure: what next?

Both leading models of rule in the Arab world are bankrupt. Where is the next one to come from, asks Hazem Saghieh.

Egypt, an escape from reality

The spread of absurd conspiracy thinking reveals a hard truth about Egypt's condition, says Hazem Saghieh.

Yemen, and the Tunisian example

A political agreement in Yemen is under strain. But its very existence confirms the Arab revolutions' key breakthrough, says Hazem Saghieh.

Revolution in the revolution: a century of change

A continuing cycle of revolutions, albeit irregular and unpredictable, is a feature of the modern world. But comparing experiences across the decades reveals a transformation in the nature of revolution itself, says Hazem Saghieh.

Syria's regime and a populist left

Syria under the rule of Hafez al-Assad acquired the image of a bastion of intransigent anti-imperialism that made it attractive to a section of the western left. The process reflected changes in regional politics whose effects are felt to this day, say Hazem Saghieh & Samer Frangie.

Syria and Iraq: armies, politics, and the future

The shared experience of military repression and failure under Saddam Hussein's Iraq and the al-Assad dynasty in Syria is a challenge to the Arab world's political elites, says Hazem Saghieh.

Syria, an exceptional despotism

Many authoritarian regimes - South Africa, Chile, Poland - have ceded power to the domestic opposition through a political process. The contrast in Syria speaks volumes, says Hazem Saghieh.

The Palestine question, and the Arab answer

The Palestinians’ inability to claim their right has been reinforced by long-term failures of thinking and strategy in which the eclipse of politics by essentialism plays a major part. But the new aspirations sweeping the Arab world create potential for progress, says Hazem Saghieh.

The meaning of "revolution"

The Arab uprisings can be situated in the context of long-term global processes that periodically redefine the term "revolution". Welcome to the fourth wave, says Hazem Saghieh.

The Arab revolutions: an end to dogma

The popular uprisings in the Arab world are a great disaster for a radical camp led by Syria-Iran and long indulged by media such as al-Jazeera. A great opportunity follows, says Hazem Saghieh.

The other Arab exception

The Arab revolutions of 2011 have disproved one argument about the Arabs only to raise another, says Hazem Saghieh.

Rafiq al-Hariri's murder: why do Lebanese blame Syria?

The assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister on 14 February has sparked fury in the country and confusion in the region. Lebanese journalist Hazem Saghieh investigates what really happened.

(This article was first published on 21 February 2005)

The Arab future: conspiracy vs reality

A legal conflict between the daughters of former Egyptian presidents is a sad commentary on the condition of the Arab world, says Hazem Saghieh.

(This article was first published on 12 August 2009)

Israeli settlement, Arab movement

The issue of Israel’s West Bank settlements must not be subsumed by the larger Israel-Palestinian conflict, says Hazem Saghieh.

Hizbollah’s “divine victory”: three years on

The militant Islamist movement’s version of the war with Israel in July-August 2006 needs to be adjusted, says Hazem Saghieh.

Arabs and the Iranian upheaval

The missed chances and false trails of the Arabs’ political projects are highlighted in their reaction to Iran’s proto-revolution, says Hazem Saghieh.

Iran: dialectic of revolution

Iran's epic political conflict reflects a thirty-year arc of revolution now using state power to crush its own children, says Hazem Saghieh.

Lebanon's elections: reading the signs

A peaceful election dissolves myths and rearranges the country’s political jigsaw. But the issue of Hizbollah’s weapons remains, says Hazem Saghieh.

Lebanon’s “14 March”: from protest to leadership

The political alliance that promised to save and inspire Lebanon in 2005 now needs to renew itself from within, says Hazem Saghieh.

The Arab defeat

The Arab world is in a protracted and deepening decline that is less to do with the regimes that govern it than with its society and culture, says Hazem Saghieh.
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