Arab League fraught with divisions ahead of Baghdad summit
bbc / Shashank Joshi
27-Mar-2012 (one comment)

The Arab League is at a crucial juncture. As it prepares to convene in Baghdad for the first time since the Gulf War, it is fraught with divisions.

Last year, several members enthusiastically waged war on one of their own, Libya.

Today, it is Syria in the firing line. Saudi arms are probably reaching rebels, and the emir of Qatar has proposed sending troops.

Is the League a new force in regional affairs? Not as much as you might think from the posturing in Doha and Riyadh.

Darius Kadivar

Can Arab League bridge its divisions?

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Arab League at a glance

  • Founded: 1945
  • Headquarters: Cairo, Egypt
  • Key players: Egypt, Saudi Arabia
  • Members: 22 members including Palestine
  • Population: 300 million (approx)
  • Area: 5.25 million square miles