February 27, 2013

Middle East Just Tribes with Flags

Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

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In 1978, Fouad Ajami wrote a seminal article in Foreign Affairs titled "The End of Pan Arabism." Its conceit was that the particular interests and actions of key Arab states had long ago trumped the idealized rhetoric and aspirations of Arab unity.

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Gulf News
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