In recent years, I have been repeating a statement made by late Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in 2010 that the Arab world faces a “strategic vacuum” and that nature refuses such a state of emptiness. Prince Al-Faisal has predicted an increase in foreign interferences in Arab countries. At the time, there were complaints of the Hamas statelet in Gaza which the Iranians and the Assad regime founded, of Egypt’s dispute with Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Eritrea’s assaults on Yemeni islands.
The Idlib disaster
Radwan al Sayed is a Lebanese thinker and writer who attained a bachelor degree from the Faculty of Theology at al-Azhar University and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tübingen in Germany. He has been a scholar of Islamic studies for decades and is the former editor-in-chief of the quarterly al-Ijtihad magazine. Radwan is also the author of many books and has written for Arab dailies such as al-Ittihad, al-Hayat and ash-Sharq al-Awsat.