This paper attempts to trace the achievements and failures that have affected the Arab nation (the Ummah), and the impediments that have been strewn in its path, preventing the realization of the visions it had for its future, since the end of the Second World War. It discusses the reasons behind the subjugation of the Arab nation to the hegemonic interests of external factors, primary actors and stakeholders. It elaborates on how foreign interests and interventions have conspired, along with internal factors and determinants endemic to the various infrastructures of Arab regimes, to fragment the Arab nation and perpetuate the divisions between the Arab countries and their underdevelopment/backwardness. It analyses the current situation, and proposes a set of recommendations that may help to extricate it from the current impasse in which the Arab nation is blocked.
The future of change in the Arab world: towards an exit plan from the current Arab impasse
This paper was originally delivered at the conference convened by the Centre for Arab Unity Studies (CAUS) on ‘The Future of Change in the Arab Nation’, held on 9–12 November 2015 in Beirut, Lebanon. The original paper was reviewed and a foreword added, in addition to some clarifications and documentation, after the end of the conference. This study paper is based on the results of the various studies and researches conducted by CAUS as well as the conclusions reached and recommendations made on these bases. The final paper, however, comprises other recommendations as well those that reflect the point of view of the author and his independent deliberations that are the result of conceptual efforts and actual practice for more than 50 years in this field of study and research, and he alone bears responsibility for them.
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Khair el-Din Haseeb; The future of change in the Arab world: towards an exit plan from the current Arab impasse. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 April 2016; 9 (2): 282–301. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2016.1156908
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