Joe Helou
Joe Helou

Joe Helou is a political researcher and analyst. He holds a BA in economics and an MA in international relations. Some of Helou’s research interests include conflict resolution, global governance of energy, international security risk factors, and public policy as well as topics pertaining to the Middle East and Arab Gulf.

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Oct. 1, 2013

Kenya Mall Attack Shows The Dark Truth About U.S. Foreign Policy

Whether in Africa, the Middle East, or Central Asia, the U.S. never ceases to fall into the same quagmire. Unless root causes are addressed, terrorism is going to plague country after another.

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Sept. 18, 2013

Syria News: Your Updated Guide to the "Developing" Mess Going On in Syria

Lost track of what's going on in Syria? Here's what's currently happening in the world's worst ongoing conflict.
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July 11, 2012

Hezbollah Faces Many Challenges in Lebanon, But War With Israel Could Bring it Back to Life

Hezbollah is losing its iron grip of power in Southern Lebanon amidst sectarian strife, but people would set their differences aside if there's another war with Israel.
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June 6, 2012

As Syrian Crisis Escalates, Will Lebanon Become the Next Middle East Battleground?

A recent outbreak of sectarian violence thrusts Lebanon into the heart of the Syrian conflagration and begs the question: Is conflict on the horizon?
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July 31, 2011

Syria’s Collapse Would Send Seismic Waves Through Region

The future of the Assad regime has implications for the political balance of the entire Middle East region.
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July 5, 2011

Lebanon’s Pollution Spoils Economy

Lebanon poorly funds infrastructure developments and other projects that would prevent environmental hazards, harming the country's tourism-based economy and public health.

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May 30, 2011

The Tentative Future of Oil-Exporting Arab Regimes

Gulf regimes in the Middle East have remained politically stable. While this is mostly due to economic factors, these regimes should begin to evolve to fit the new political landscape.
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May 26, 2011

Water: A New Negotiation Tool in the Middle East

The issue of the Middle East's dwindling water supply could prompt countries in the region to begin peace talks.
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April 19, 2011

The Blessing or Curse of Oil Wealth?

Lebanon should reorganize its institutional system to better manage its new found offshore natural gas and oil wealth. If not, corruption and mismanagement will be rampant.