Analyses 2010

  • 2010120707/12/2010
    Immigration of Arab Elites to the EU
    Arab immigration series 2/3 By Professor Bichara Khader Director of the Center of Studies and Research on the Contemporary Arab World Catholic University of Louvain     The overwhelming majority of expatriate Arabs, or of Arab origin, residing in Europe consists of workers. But this should not obscure either the emergence of a new class of...
  • 2010120707/12/2010
    Arab Immigration to the EU, looking ahead to 2030
    Arab Immigration series 3/3 By Professor Bichara Khader Scientific Advisor of the MEDEA Institute CERMAC, Catholic University of Louvain     Looking ahead to 2030, total Arab population will jump from 350 today to more than 500 million, while the total population of the 27 Member States of the EU, will stagnate around 500 million. For...
  • 2010120707/12/2010
    Arab Immigration (especially North African) faced with European anxieties
    Arab Immigration serie 1/3 By Professor Bichara Khader Director of the Center of Studies and Research on the Contemporary Arab World Catholic University of Louvain     Official figures of the EU of foreign Arab (mainly immigrants from the Maghreb countries) estimate the total number to be around 3 millions. Given that European states rarely carry...
  • 2010111414/11/2010
    Will Syria say ‘Yes I do’ to the EU’s Proposal?
      Rouba Al-Fattal Founding member of the EuroArab Forum PhD candidate, University of Leuven   Although Syria is a full participant in the Barcelona Process (1995) and a member of the Union for the Mediterranean (2008), current relations between Syria and the EU are still governed by the 1977 Co-operation Agreement. In the absence of an Association...
  • 2010110707/11/2010
    The Arabs do not see the shape of their own bump
    By Professor Bichara Khader Director of the Center for Research and Studies on the Contemporary Arab World Catholic University of Louvain     Like the camel, we, the Arabs, fail to see our own bump. We spend our time denouncing, condemning, judging, and bemoaning on our own fate. We enjoy a permanent and paralyzing form of...
  • 2010110707/11/2010
    Europe and its Intimate Enemies
    By Professor Bichara Khader CERMAC, Catholic University of Louvain     We do not count anymore the number of conferences, seminars, symposiums on Islam and the West or Islam in Europe or Islam of Europe. … I participated no later than last week in three seminars on these issues held in Barcelona and Zaragoza. I will not...
  • 2010090707/09/2010
    Régis Debray and Israel : the courage to speak truthfully
    By Professor Bichara Khader Scientific Advisor of the MEDEA Institute CERMAC, Catholic University of Louvain   In October 2006, Jacques Chirac, then president of the French Republic, presented Régis Debray with a delicate mission: to conduct a field survey on the status of various ethno-religious communities in the Middle East. Four months later, on January 17,...
  • 2010090707/09/2010
    Régis Debray and Israel: Act II
    By Professor Bichara Khader Scientific Advisor of the MEDEA Institute CERMAC, Catholic University of Louvain   In my last column, I told you about a fascinating and sharp book, entitled « To an Israeli friend » by Régis Debray. I liked the style, appreciated the writing, and admired the outspoken approach of the author. Many other authors would...
  • 2010090707/09/2010
    Alliance of Civilisations (1)
    By Professor Bichara Khader CERMAC, Catholic University of Louvain   I have participated in a roundtable, held in Barcelona, on the Alliance of Civilisations. It is a project I support but, which remains problematic. I would like to share with you my analysis by examining the project, its postulate and the problem. I will limit this...
  • 2010090707/09/2010
    Alliance des civilisations (2)
    Par le Professeur Bichara Khader CERMAC, Université Catholique de Louvain   Voir première partie.   Le Problème Dans ma dernière chronique, j’ai rappelé le projet d’alliance des civilisations et son postulat intellectuel. Il s’agit grosso modo de dire que l’Occident n’est pas en guère avec l’Islam, mais que l’Occident et l’Islam son en guerre contre l’intolérance....
  • 2010080707/08/2010
    The Kuwaiti Crisis and the Palestinian Dilemma
    By Professor Bichara Khader CERMAC, Catholic University of Louvain   The invasion of Kuwait on August 2nd 1990 is not a strike of lightening in a peaceful sky. As of July 1990, Palestinians noticed growing tension in Iraq-Kuwait relations. The PLO sought incessantly to improve the situation, to bring the two countries together to handle...
  • 2010080707/08/2010
    Oil and Future Generations
    By Professor Bichara Khader CERMAC, Catholic University of Louvain   The issue of “Pétrole et Gaz Arabes” published on July 16th 2010 unveiled a surprising piece of information. On his latest visit to Washington on July 1st 2010, King Abdallah made a statement to Saudi students, declaring: “…During a meeting of the Council of Ministers,...
  • 2010080707/08/2010
    Israeli Nuclear Power
    By  Professor Bichara Khader CERMAC, Catholic University of Louvain   At a time when Iran’s nuclear programme finds itself in the spotlight, I would like to look at another country, realistically and not virtually nuclearised: Israel. Despite a “deafening silence” and “deliberate strategy of ambiguity” on the part of Israeli leaders, the fact that Israel...
  • 2010080404/08/2010
    20 years ago: Kuwait
    By Professor Bichara Khader Scientific Advisor for the MEDEA Institute CERMAC, Catholic University of Louvain   Twenty years ago, on August 2, 1990, Iraqi tanks crossed the Kuwaiti border. By the evening, Kuwait City was occupied and the Iraqi flag floated above public buildings. A few days later, a puppet government of Iraq was installed and...