Can You Really Trust Your Ally?

Fractured U.S.-Saudi relationship exposes divergences By Hichem Karoui | Beijing Review | NO.17, APRIL 28, 2016   As U.S. President Barack Obama visited Saudi Arabia, intending to mend relations exhausted by his criticism of the Middle East major power, a controversy erupted about the credibility of the U.S.-Saudi alliance. The controversy […]

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Forthcoming: The Morning Of The Mogul

A wise report to a wise minister by a wise citizen of Woe republic Copyright © 2016 Hichem Karoui All rights reserved. KRPC. Paris. 2016. ISBN-13: 979-1094237106 Pages: 666.   Synopsis This is the story of two successive military coups in an Arab country. The first is accomplished by a […]


Meeting With China

Foreword of “Chatting With My Chinese Friend”   The stories included in this book were born from a meeting and a necessity. The meeting was with China, which I visited for the first time in June 2014. It was one of those meetings that leave an impact on one’s life and not […]



Is Peace Within Reach?

Syrian ceasefire goes into effect with American, Russian support By Hichem Karoui | Beijing Review. NO.10 MARCH 10, 2016   There is no question that peace is much desired by the citizens of Syria, as it would be for any people suffering through a more than five-year long civil war. But […]


A Clearer Role in the Middle East

China lays out its vision for increased cooperation in the region By Hichem Karoui | Beijing Review NO. 5-6 FEBRUARY 4, 2016   On January 13, China published its first Arab policy paper, reaffirming the strategic significance that it attaches to the region. The release of this important document and […]

The Royal Jordanian Armed Forces Band performs during the Second China-Arab States Expo in Yinchuan, northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, on September 10, 2015 (XINHUA)

Manifestation en Iran

Tensions alarmantes entre l’Arabie saoudite et l’Iran

Hichem Karoui (Version française d’un article paru dans Beijing Review en anglais:2016-01-08)   C’est par un concours de circonstances étrange qu’Adel Al-Jubeir, le ministre saoudien des Affaires étrangères, a déclaré la rupture des relations diplomatiques avec l’Iran le 3 janvier. En effet, alors qu’il était ambassadeur d’Arabie saoudite à Washington, […]


Ominous Saudi-Iran Tensions

Diplomatic confrontation between two regional powers puts the Middle East at risk of greater chaos By Hichem Karoui |  Beijing Review | NO. 2 JANUARY 14, 2016 It was through a strange twist of fate that Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, declared the severing of his country’s diplomatic ties […]


A picture released and taken on November 30, 2015 by Turkish army press office shows Turkish soldiers carrying the coffin of Russian pilot Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov into a Russian Air Force transport during a ceremony attended by officials of Russian army at Esenboga Airport in Ankara. Turkey sent back to Russia the body of a pilot killed when his plane was shot down by the Turkish air force for allegedly violating its air space on the Syrian border. AFP PHOTO/ TURKISH ARMY PRESS OFFICE

A Story of Tension

The downing of a Russian fighter plane sets off a number of chain reactions  By Hichem Karoui | Beijing Review, NO. 50 DECEMBER 10, 2015 On November 24, a Russian Su-24 fighter jet was flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters when it was hit by an air-to-air missile. The plane […]