Bernard Selwan Khoury

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Bernard Selwan Khoury

Bernard Selwan Khoury is the Director of COSMOnitor (the Center for Oriental Strategic Monitoring) and Deputy Director of OGMO (the Middle East Geopolitical Observatory) in Rome. He teaches Arab and Middle Eastern affairs at various institutes and is a political commentator for RAI, the Italian national television network, and the Vatican Radio.

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The Syrian army: An Arab force backed by Russia and Iran

I recently mentioned to some colleagues that I was writing an in-depth analysis of the factors behind the success of Bashar al-Assad’s army in Syria. One of them replied candidly, “There is little to analyze...

The Al-Assad clan in Syria: a family affair and a regional issue

In the Middle East and in the Arab world in general, the concept of leadership is drastically different from what is the current norm in the West. Many Arabs (a term associated with those who share the language and culture) are captivated by the figure of a strong and charismatic leader who does not give in or compromise...

Le forze sul campo in ciò che resta della Siria

Il campo di battaglia in Siria è estremamente complesso, soprattutto per la presenza di diverse fazioni armate e paesi coinvolti, ognuno con la propria agenda di interessi...

La vera sfida dello Stato Islamico: ideologica, non militare

C’è qualcosa che accomuna i recenti attentati di Parigi alle ultime stragi consumate di matrice terroristica? E ancora: esiste un unico filone ideologico che lega gli attacchi dell’11 settembre (ormai circa 15 anni fa) alle ultime azioni terroristiche compiute in autonomia da cosiddetti “lupi solitari”?...

The Iraqi conundrum beyond ISIS

With the mentioning of Iraq these days, one immediately thinks of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). It was in Iraq that more than ten years ago the primary structure of what would become ISIS was born, and it was in Iraq that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “Caliphate” was proclaimed...

Syria's failed ceasefire and Assad’s war on terrorism

After five years of incessant hostility that often alluded to the fall of Bashar al-Assad’s regime and witnessed the birth of the so-called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s so-called “caliphate”, a ceasefire was reached on February 27 between the forces loyal to Assad and the varied array of rebel groups...

Afghan migrants: dreaming of Europe but ending up in Iran and Syria

Almost fourteen years after the toppling of the Taliban government in Kabul at the hands of an international military campaign, Afghanistan still suffers from frequent terrorist attacks and very fragile security...

How an emerging Arab coalition is fighting ISIS

The killing of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh and 21 Egyptian Copts at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS), last March, were two episodes marking a turning point that enhanced the Arab world’s urgency to join efforts in the fight against the terrorist organization...

La guerra allo Stato Islamico si trasforma in una “guerra civile” all’interno dell’Islam sunnita

Il rapimento e la barbara uccisione di un pilota dell'aeronautica militare giordana in Siria e la decapitazione di 21 egiziani copti in Libia sono due episodi legati fra loro...

Lo Stato Islamico tenta di replicare in Libia lo scenario siro-iracheno

Tripoli, Libia, martedì 27 gennaio 2015, ore 8:00 locali: un commando di uomini dell’ala tripolitana dello Stato Islamico (IS), nota ufficialmente come “Provincia di Tripoli”, fa esplodere un’autobomba di fronte al Corinthia Hotel ed irrompe nell’albergo uccidendo diverse persone, fra cui alcuni stranieri...