Most recent article by: Paul Salem

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah (photo: AP)

Hezbollah and the Uprising in Syria

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Can the ''Party of God'' Weather the Arab Spring?

For many years, Hezbollah's popularity across the Arab and Muslim worlds seemed unbreakable. Long seen as the defender of those oppressed by Israel and America, its reputation has clearly taken a dent as a result of its support for President Assad in Syria. It now finds itself at odds with those across the Arab world seeking democracy and civil rights. An analysis by Paul SalemMore

In this mural, three runners hold up the flags of Libya, Egypt and Tunisia respectively, bringing the flame of freedom to their brothers in Syria and Yemen (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Democratisation Processes in Historic Comparison

Arab Nations Are No Longer Onlookers

In the view of Paul Salem, Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Arab nations are assuming a leading role in the promotion of democratisation. They are no longer, as has been the case in past decades, just looking on from afarMore

Protests in Cairo (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Islamist Protests in Cairo Question Fate of Arab Spring

Consolidating Egyptian Democracy

Paul Salem writes that there is no consensus about the Arab Spring's second stage – choosing a new system of government and society – but the only way forward is to move rapidly toward free and fair electionsMore