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Karim Barakat

Karim Barakat is an instructor in philosophy at the American University of Beirut.

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Sectarian discourse maintaining the Lebanese status quo

21 April, 2016

Comment: It is not surprising that public appetite for protests is weak, given the emphasis on sectarian narratives that have reduced communal welfare to insignificance, says Karim Barakat

Obama's foreign policy failure: from Libya to Syria

15 April, 2016

Comment: To bomb or not to bomb? Military interventions rarely work out as planned, writes Karim Barakat.

Media crisis in Lebanon: political or economic?

31 March, 2016

Comment: The financial difficulties that Lebanese newspapers are facing today are the direct outcome of regional political transformations and the latest episode in the Lebanese political deadlock, argues Karim Barakat.

Divisive federalism in Syria: One outcome of Geneva's failure

22 March, 2016

Comment: The declaration of a federal state in northern Syria seeks to present federalism as a viable solution, when it seems it will only extend the war, argues Karim Barakat.

Negative politics and the dysfunctional state of Lebanon

17 February, 2016

Comment: The sectarian nature of Lebanese politics has been exploited to stir up fears and entrench communities against each other, writes Karim Barakat.

The Geneva talks and the Kurdish national project

04 February, 2016

Comment: Taking part in Syria's peace negotiations would have won major international recognition for the Kurds, writes Karim Barakat.

Post-revolution Tunisia and the promise of modernisation

20 January, 2016

Comment: Tunisia is struggling with corruption and unemployment, and the challenge for Ennahdha lies between favouring the values of modernity and working towards political stability, writes Karim Barakat.

The political potential for the anti-IS coalitions

17 December, 2015

Comment: Several anti-IS military coalitions are being accompanied by political attempts. But the success of diplomacy, however, remains questionable due to a complex web of political dynamics, argues Karim Barakat.

Lebanon's presidential crisis and the Taif Accord

04 December, 2015

Comment: The deal to end the Lebanese civil war has not helped the country's leaders to build a viable state, writes Karim Barakat.

Paris attacks unify counter-terror fronts, but without Syria settlement

19 November, 2015

Comment: Though the attacks in France appear to have united international efforts to target the Islamic State group, conditions for any political resolution in Syria remain absent, writes Karim Barakat.

Sectarian trash: How secular demands brought about sectarian solutions

03 November, 2015

Comment: The failure of Lebanon's civil society to balance the call for resolving the garbage crisis with ending sectarianism allowed the Lebanese government to push for sectarian solutions, writes Barakat.

Turkey's instability and the EU

22 October, 2015

Comment: The AKP has chosen to follow a dangerous strategy, one which jeopardises Turkey's stability and which might affect accession talks - unless something changes soon.

Karim Barakat
Karim Barakat

Karim Barakat is an instructor in philosophy at the American University of Beirut.

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