Bouthaina Shaaban

Bouthaina Shaaban is Political and Media Advisor at the Syrian Presidency, and former Minister of Expatriates. She is also a writer and professor at Damascus University since 1985. She has been the spokesperson for Syria and was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. She can be reached through

The Rise of ISIS and Other Extremist Groups: the role of the West and Regional Powers

What Arabs Could Learn From Japan

Less Arab Movie Festivals, More Movies

Arab TV and the Return of the Mavi Marmara

You Only Get the Truth From Former Officials

Democracy in Arab Eyes

The Road to South America

As Dangerous as It Gets

I Wish My People Would Learn

Writing in an Age of Despair

The Mullen-Petraeus Report on the Middle East

Joe Biden’s Empty Desert

The Navi and the Palestinians

The Decade of the Victory for Freedom and Justice in Palestine

The Arab Community … the International Community

Haiti — Gaza

A Wise Strategy for Obama

2009: Some Arabs, Some Jews

Arab TV and the Return of the Mavi Marmara

Hearing is Not Like Seeing

Burqa Committees and Minaret Referenda

Rejecting Westocentrism

What’s New? It’s Always Been Like This

Clinton Dances With Netanyahu

Return to the Middle Ages

The Danger of Towing the Line Behind Israel

The Adoption of the Goldstone Report

Arabs in the International Balance

Three Faces and a Homeland

In Praise of Admiral Mullen

Israeli Bodysnatchers

Where are the Arabs to Stand Up for the Hanoun and Ghawi Families?

How Will Arabs Wake Up?

U. S. to Mandela

The Real Arab AIPAC

Syrian Expeditions

Two Kinds of Infiltration