Rajai Masri

Rajai R. Masri holds an MBA from INSEAD; a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison; and the CFA designation along with higher studies of finance. He has lectured in various courses of finance at the Boston University and McGill University. Masri has also advised the Egyptian, Saudi and Nigerian governments on their privatization programs.

Syria: Miscalculations of War?

Jun 19, 2013

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have miscalculated the conflict in Syria. The victory of the Assad regime and Hezbollah in the month-long battle over Al-Qusayr, located near Lebanon’s northern border, was marked in the southern district of Beirut, a predominately Shi’ite area and Hezbollah stronghold, with volleys of gunfire and great...

Qatar: Take a Back Seat

May 26, 2013

Qatar’s influence in Syria and its recent presentation of a flawed peace initiative for the Arab-Israeli conflict, highlights the fact that the state has deviated from its former welcomed role as a regional firefighter. Belatedly, the gas-rich state of Qatar has been assuming a geopolitical role and interventionist policy in...

Dubai: The Global Village

Apr 10, 2013

The ruler of the Emirate of Dubai has created a model city — a near fantasy land that rightly features many aspects of a global village.

Syria: Political Dialogue and the Rise of Salafists

Feb 02, 2013

The discourse of the West, Arab Gulf states, Turkey, and the leader of the Syrian opposition is shifting towards favoring political dialogue. All concerned parties appear to share common fear over the rise of Salafists and Jihadists who are gaining ground inside Syria. All indications, particularly judging from political declarations...

Israel's Elections: Slipping Opportunities for Peace

Jan 20, 2013

With polls predicting an overwhelming win for the Israeli extreme right, Israel would be entering a point-of-no return, kissing the chances of peace with the Palestinians goodbye, argues Rajai Masri. The reputable British broadsheet, The Independent, ran an article on January 2, 2013, by Alistair Dawber, on the upcoming Israeli...

Morsi: Desperate Times Require Desperate Measures

Nov 25, 2012

Morsi's presidential decree appears necessary by virtue of an increasingly politicized and non-elected judiciary that appears intent on frustrating the Egyptian president's ambitious reform plans. In August 2012, less than two months after the newly elected Egyptian president was inaugurated, I wrote an article dubbed, “President Morsi’s Huge Task: The...

Obama's Re-Election: A Possible Middle East Scenario

Nov 02, 2012

Should Obama win re-election, the United States is likely to embark upon a new serious strategy to achieve peace in the Middle East. Rajai Masri illustrates a possible scenario to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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