Three Essays On China and the Arabs

Gafar Karar Ahmed and Hichem Karoui

Why is China becoming the general interest of everybody whereas it is now on the front scene in the Middle East? Traditional powerful actors, such as the USA, Russia, France and the UK, have today a potential rival in that region. China claims a place in the theatre, all the more ambiguous for the others that it is reminiscent of ancient exchanges on the old Silk Road. Today, there is talk about a New Silk Road initiated by Beijing.

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France-Iran-USA: Cooperation and Confrontation

by Hichem Karoui          


Policy Analysis Paper (N. 02) December 2017- January 2018


  • Introduction
  • Shaking Hands Is Not Innocent!
  • The French in the Bazar
  • Rohani in Paris
  • Defense Business
  • France’s Diplomacy Vs Trump’s Heavy Hand
  • How Iran Made Trump More Credible
  • Controversial Issues in the US NSS
  • Edge of War Strategy
  • More Controversial Issues
  • Questions and Conclusions

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Complex Triple Crisis: Iran and the Arabian Gulf

No War and no Peace !

Policy Analysis – Hichem Karoui – Gulf Futures Center


Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo at the extraordinary session of the Arab League Council on November 19, 2017, condemned the Iranian interference in their affairs in the strongest terms, but they will not go to war with Iran. At least not “at this stage,” according to the Secretary-General of the Arab League. But what does “not at this stage” mean? It is an ambiguous sentence, as on the one hand, there is no absolute denial of the intention of war, which, on the other hand, is still unacceptable … as if the Secretary-General deferred the decision on this issue to sometime in the future!

The present situation suggests that there is a complex, multidimensional and protracted crisis situation:

·      First, a chronic crisis between Iran, and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries in general, has distanced the simple mistrust and reached the state of proxy wars in different countries, from Lebanon and Iraq to Syria and Yemen.

·      Second, a reproducible crisis situation between Qatar and a number of other Gulf states and Egypt, evidenced in the boycott and the media  and diplomatic war.

·      Third, an emergency crisis between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia resulted in the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri from Riyadh on November 5, and his volte-face (reversal policy) on the 22 November-Independence Day in Beirut. Continue reading “Complex Triple Crisis: Iran and the Arabian Gulf”

The Political Algebra of Global Value Change

General Models and Implications for the Muslim World. Arno Tausch, Almas Heshmati and Hichem Karoui (Nova Science Publishers, New York)

Book Review

This book has been reviewed in the following publication. To read the review click on the corresponding link below:

Society and Economy – Reviewed by Andräs Tetenyi, Assistant Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest.


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مراكز البحث الأمريكية ودراسات الشرق الأوسط لـ هشام القروي

مراجعة كتاب

يحاول الباحث أن يثبت في هذا الكتاب أن مراكز الأبحاث وشركات الإعلام الكبرى مهيمنة على ما يحدث داخل الحرم الجامعي في الدارسات المتعلقة بالشرق الأوسط، وأن منظومة الإنتاج الأكاديمي والإعلامي برمتها ترتبط ارتباطاً مباشراً وغير مباشر بالبنية التحتية الاقتصادية والمالية الأوسع.


كل شيء بدأ مع تصاعد الجدل بين المحافظين والليبراليين في عهد بوش الابن , حول دراسات الشرق الأوسط . كانت الصدمة التي أحدثتها في المجتمع الأمريكي عملية 11 سبتمبر قد جعلت العديد من الناس يتطلعون نحو خبراء الشرق الأوسط متسائلين : لماذا لم يتوقعوا ما حدث ؟ ألم يكن بامكانهم أن يحذرونا ؟ وبأية حال , فما هي فائدة هذه الدراسات ؟ ….. الخ

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Quelle lecture du Coran retenir dans l’Islam?

A propos de l’ouvrage de Arno Taush et Hichem Karoui, Les musulmans : un cauchemar ou une force pour l’Europe ? L’Harmattan, mars 2011.

Par Yves Montenay ( Institut Turgot)

Il se trouve que j’ai eu quasi simultanément sous les yeux trois textes s’appuyant sur le Coran pour justifier des analyses très différentes.

Ma réflexion sur ces trois textes est un prolongement des débats sur l’islam et les musulmans qui ont déjà eu lieu sur ce site.

Ces trois textes sont les suivants :


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