*Jamal Khashoggi and Mohammed Cherkaoui
Saudi intellectual and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was among a diverse group of panelists at a joint international conference, hosted by Aljazeera Centre for Studies (AJCS) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Washington June 12, 2018, to discuss the topic “Shaping a New Balance of Power in the Middle East: Regional Actors, Global Powers, and Middle East Strategy”. In the morning, participants in the first panel “Dynamics of Political Geography in the Middle East” and the second panel “Non-State Actors and Shadow Politics” gave rather deconstructive perspectives on several recent trends in the politics of the region. They probed into several modalities of what seems to be competitive strategies of various global and regional actors and non-state actors in the Gulf, the Middle East, and North Africa.
With deep sorrow, I can accept the fact that Jamal will no longer be with us. He will be missed from our lives; but not from my hearts and prayers. He will be remembered for his honesty, intellectual vigor, and his pursuit of a new age of enlightenment and democracy in the Middle East.
Rest in peace, dear Jamal!