Al-Ahram Weekly Online   3 - 9 April 2008
Issue No. 891
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Attending the Arab summit in Damascus, Dina Ezzat hears that the fate of inter-Arab relations and the Arab-Israeli conflict await the inauguration of a new US administration
Tugs not tango
Beyond a façade of containment, the Damascus summit was for many an opportunity to draw demarcation lines between conflicting Arab agendas
Critical months
In Syrian, the strategic choice of negotiations over resistance prevailed, but not as unchallenged as hitherto
The summit that never was
While Syria emerged unscathed, the Damascus Arab summit is more proof that ossified Arab ruling orders are out of touch, writes Ayman El-Amir
Status quo ante?
With the Arab summit over, Lebanon appears faced with a choice between stifling political inaction and open street conflict, Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut

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