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Marwan Bishara

leading authority on the Middle East and international affairs.

Marwan Bishara

Senior political analyst | Qatar
Marwan Bishara is Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst.
He was previously a professor of International Relations
at the American University of Paris. An author who writes
extensively on global politics, he is widely regarded as a

leading authority on the Middle East and international affairs.

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on March 22nd, 2011
The Middle East and North Africa has undergone massive
changes over the past few months.
Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, Marwan Bishara
shares his views on these latest events.

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Three questions to Marwan Bishara

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on December 16th, 2010

Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst comments on the US administration’s
review of its military strategy in Afghanistan.
Why a review of the military strategy in Afghanistan?
Releasing the review is an exercise in public diplomacy; it marks the
first year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s speech last year
that laid out his surge strategy to avoid losing the war in Afghanistan.
During long and difficult deliberation with his national security team in
2009, the president was sceptical of the generals and hardliners’
argument for surge of troops without clear benchmarks and for a major
escalation without exist strategy, according to Bob Woodward inside
account of the White House meetings in Obama’s Wars. Today, his
administration is offering what is deemed balance sheet that shows
“progress” but also difficult challenges ahead.

US wars: People vs 


By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on August 25th, 2010
Photo by EPA
While the Obama administration continues to affirm its intention
to withdraw US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the US’ military
presence in the Muslim world is actually expanding and this is
exacerbating tensions and inflaming animosities.

Barack Obama’s promise to open a new page with the Muslim 

world on the basis of mutual respect and interests – supplemented
and enforced by the use of soft rather than hard power – now rings hollow.

This is most evident in the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq

and the corresponding surge in Afghanistan – an exercise in
redeploying military forces, not extracting them.

As the gap between words and deeds; declarations and policies;

public diplomacy and military strategy deepens, so the political and
strategic crisis facing the Obama administration continues to deepen.

Enduring presence

There are now more than 140,000 foreign troops in Afghanista

Western wars vs. Muslim women

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on August 5th, 2010
Western media is awash with reports about Taliban
mistreatment of women in Afghanistan and Pakistan
that feature countless voices in support of the war to

secure a ‘brighter future for women’s rights’. 
If Western wars ‘liberate’ Eastern women, 
Muslim women
would be – after centuries of Western 
military interventions –
the most ‘liberated’ in the world. 
They are not, and will not be,
especially when liberty is associated with Western hegemony.

Afghanistan has had its share of British, Russian and American

military intervention to no avail.

Wars, lies and lyrics

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on August 4th, 2010

Photo by EPA

Surprise, surprise … the US government did not tell the whole truth,

yet again, about its war conduct, and indeed misled the public
about the true record of the war.

I personally have not met anyone who has been shocked by the

revelations in the documents published by WikiLeaks, but many
are surprised – not so much by the novelty of it all, but rather by
the mundane repetition of more of the same deception. 

It is déjà vu all over again. Governments lie, especially about

war and violence.

Is Israel a liability for the US?

By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on July 28th, 2010

Last week, the Nixon Center sponsored a debate between pro-Israeli

Washington Institute executive director Robert Satloff and Chas Freeman, a
former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia and an opponent of unconditional US
support to Israel. The subject was whether Israel is an asset or liability to

US strategic interests.


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