Author Archives: Spencer Osberg

“The new Arab World”

“The new Arab World”

“There is no going back,” began the cover story for Executive’s March 2011 issue. “Recent months have severed the future from past precedent and brought about a fundamental shift in the Arab paradigm.” When we published those words, uprisings had just begun to sweep country after country across the Arab World. In response, global media

Mainstreaming extremism

Last month a new player was born into the world of sectarian politics in Lebanon. Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, the Imam of Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque in the southern city of Sidon, was for the first time given a national audience, his speech to a rally of some 2,000 Salafist Sunni Muslims in Downtown Beirut on

Facing the digital future

The who’s who of the advertising industry from across the Middle East and North Africa and beyond were brought together last month at the MENA Cristal Festival, amid the snows of Mzaar Kfardebiane. The highlight of the event, held February 1 through 5, was unquestionably the evening awards ceremonies, where the advertising agencies with the

Press and proliferation

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics’ (USSR) final head of state, changed the course of modern history. Among other things, he ended the Cold War and a nuclear arms race with the United States and implemented the policies of ‘glasnost’ (openness) and ‘perestroika’ (restructuring) in the USSR through the 1980s, leading to

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