Commentator Rami G. Khouri argues that the fundamental problem in the Arab world is dysfunctional statehood. Arab citizens remain estranged from their governments, which rely not on the consent of their people for legitimacy but on foreign countries or oil income to remain in power.
The Citizen and the State: The Decline of Sovereignty in the Arab World
RAMI G. KHOURI is a senior fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and a nonresident senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Middle East Initiative.
Rami G. Khouri; The Citizen and the State: The Decline of Sovereignty in the Arab World. World Policy Journal 1 September 2016; 33 (3): 113–121. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-3713041
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