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Samer Libdeh

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Samer Libdeh

Samer is an expert on the politics of the Middle East and much of his recent work focuses on the Muslim Brotherhood. He has previously worked as a Senior Fellow at the Washington-based Center for Liberty in the Middle East and at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. As a Fulbright Scholar, Samer worked as a Legislative Fellow for U.S. Congressman Joseph Crowledy (D-NY) and as a Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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October 25, 2012

“Will the Hashemite Monarchy Survive the Arab Spring?”

It was only a matter of time before the Arab Spring would come to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Protests in Amman, among other Jordanian cities calling for political reform, which started in March 2011, have grown in size, …

Posted in Jordan, Publication, Spotlight
September 19, 2012

Lessons we learned from the protests

Last week’s protests in front of the American embassies in Cairo, San’a, Tunis, Amman, and in other European capitals clearly indicate that:
a)  the new governments run by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya were caught in the middle – …

Posted in Egypt, Libya, The Scoop, Tunisia
September 17, 2012

Shoot at a pigeon, kill a crow

Samer Libdeh comments on the recent protests across the Arab world.

Posted in News Coverage
September 14, 2012

A fair deal or a well constructed strategy?

On Sunday the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon vowed that the Jewish refugee issue (i.e. compensation for Arab Jewish who left various Arab countries) will be a core component of any final status negotiations …

Posted in Israel, The Scoop
September 6, 2012

Setback in Bahrain’s road to democracy

On Tuesday, a Bahraini court upheld jail terms against leading Shiite and Sunni democracy and reform activists over charges of plotting with foreign powers and actors to overthrow the Bahraini monarchy.
Among those sentenced was activist Abdulhadi Khawaja who in June ended a 110-day hunger strike.
As …

Posted in Democracy & Development, News Coverage, The Scoop
August 29, 2012

On Morsi’s visit to Tehran

Mohammed Morsi’s recent visit to Iran to participate in the Non-Alignment Movement Conference came as no surprise to Middle Eastern commentators. What makes this trip so interesting is not that it is the first time that an Egyptian president has visited Tehran since the …

Posted in Egypt, Iran, The Scoop
August 21, 2012

Administrative Crisis in the Arab Bank

If Al-Jazeera is the flagship of Qatar, then Jordan is known for its vibrant banking sector, and in particular the success of the Arab Bank.
Last week, the financial sector in the Middle East was shocked by the sudden resignation of the Arab Bank’s chairman Abdul-Hamid Shoman. …

Posted in Middle East, The Scoop
August 16, 2012

Syrians, Christians and Russia

Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, Christian leaders have been divided over whether to support Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime. Historically the Christian community (mainly those affiliated with the Orthodox Church) have enjoyed certain privileges and protections from Assad’s secular-leaning regime, serving in important security, economic and political positions. Whilst Christians were barred from serving as President due to their religious status, they were able to practice their religion freely.

Posted in Briefing, Middle East, Middle East, Syria
August 13, 2012

Egypt’s Palace Coup

The dismissal of the military chief Mohammed Hussein Tantawi by President Mohammed Morsi on August 12 suggests that the democratically elected institutions are growing in confidence and signifies the decline in power of Egypt’s military establishment (the Supreme Council of …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, The Scoop
August 3, 2012

The Christian Dilemma In Syria

While the world considers the broader regional implications of the Syria crisis, the status and position of religious minorities is becoming an increasingly important issue.
Christians in Syria constitute around 10 percent of the country’s population. The majority of them belong …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Middle East, Middle East, Spotlight, Syria
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