Eyad Abu Shakra

Eyad Abu Shakra is managing editor of Asharq Al-Awsat.

Twitter: @eyad1949

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Clear choices facing Iran

The change of occupants in the White House following the 2016 US presidential elections has affected the whole world, but for Iran specifically it has truly been significant. Today, mass demonstrations on the streets of major Iranian cities coincide with escalating US sanctions.

August 17, 2018

Non-elections, Lebanese-style

Lebanon enjoys a lot of freedom but very little democracy,” said former Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss. In the current election season, this quote is more truthful than ever. Yes there is a lot of freedom, perhaps even too much.

March 30, 2018

A new term for a new tsar

Vladimir Putin won Russia’s presidential elections… again. A victory for the “Kremlin tsar” was not actually in doubt, and if the obvious reason is the lack of a well-organized opposition, there are other reasons that are no less significant.

March 22, 2018

Greater Damascus: The final touches on the new demographic map

“Ghouta will fall. That is the message. And when it falls, Idlib must surely be next. And then the Syrians must decide how to break the US-Kurdish hold on Raqqa,” wrote The Independent’s Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk.

March 02, 2018

Some return to the past, others look to the future

A few days ago, I attended the World Government Summit in Dubai.

February 23, 2018

Syria and Lebanon: Confusion and mixed signals

Several developments took place in the Arab world last week that reflect the danger in misreading regional and international changes. That has been especially the case in Syria and Lebanon, where local players have been confused in reading the situations and positioning themselves.

February 09, 2018

Lebanon’s elections: Effective majority despite claims to the contrary

From now until election day scheduled for May, the Lebanese will have to endure loud diatribes and vocal misrepresentations on TV channels.

February 02, 2018

World leaderships look weaker than global challenges

It would be absurd to admit how poor the Arab world’s reading of local, regional and global political developments is. Yes, there is a problem in reading, as well as understanding, sometimes.

January 26, 2018