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Karim Barakat


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

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

21 April, 2016

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

14 April, 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.

31 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.

22 March, 2016

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

17 February, 2016

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

04 February, 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.

20 January, 2016

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.

17 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.

04 December, 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.

17 November, 2015