Lebanon

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Both Graham’s and Bono’s undoubtedly sincere efforts belie a deeply flawed understanding of what exactly the Marshall Plan was, and how and why it was so effective at h...(full article)

In this environment, the big losers have been Lebanese politicians who funded their vast patronage networks with money from abroad. With the domestic economy in crisis, the local m...(full article)

Saudi Arabia spearheaded efforts to get Gulf Arab states and the Arab League to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization, which led to reports of Lebanese nationals being force...(full article)

The current Saudi campaign dates to last summer when the Crown Prince's spies captured the mastermind of the Khobar Tower attack. Ahmed Ibrahim al-Mughassil is a Saudi Shiite who m...(full article)

Although there has been little coverage of the SSNP — a secular Lebanese-Syrian party and one of the oldest political movements in the modern Middle East — it has been ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Can Hezbollah Withstand Saudis' Wrath? - Sami Nader, Al-Monitor

Hezbollah's actions are isolating Lebanon from the Arab states and exacerbating the country's already fractured and paralyzed politics....

Twilight for Lebanon's Struggling Newspapers - Michael Young, NOW

Reports this week that two major daily newspapers, Al-Nahar and Al-Safir, may no longer appear in print form, while Al-Liwaa may close down, prompted predictable reactions from the...

Is Cold Peace Possible in the Middle East? - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

That Hezbollah's involvement in Saudi Arabia's costly campaign in Yemen -- in addition to its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad -- would compel the kingdom to punish Lebano...

Lebanon Caught Between Two Mideast Giants - The Economist

Saudi Arabia’s moves against Lebanon seem amateurish. Even if the Lebanese parties wanted to, they could do little to diminish the role of Hizbullah, which acts as a state within...

What Is the Saudi Endgame in Lebanon? - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Saudi Arabia is playing a high-stakes game in Lebanon, seeking to punish and weaken Hezbollah and Iran. It's not clear if the Saudis have an achievable end goal in mind....

Lebanon's Shiites Grow Weary of War in Syria - Hanin Ghaddar, NOW

It is still immature to talk about serious dissent against Hezbollah, which is still the strongest and most credible political party there is for the Shiites. That hasn’t cha...

The Man Who Punched Christopher Hitchens - Michael Totten, WAJ

A Syrian-sponsored militia once attacked me and Christopher Hitchens on the streets of Beirut. Yes, that Christopher Hitchens. The famous polemical journalist who went after Henry...

Does Hezbollah Still Seek Israel's Elimination? Maybe Not - Al-Monitor

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appeared to signal a possibly pragmatic turn in Hezbollah’s approach to Israel in a speech Feb. 16....

Will Lebanon Ever Pick a President? - Vanessa Newby, Lowy Interpreter

And meanwhile, the power cuts continue, the potholes in the roads widen and the garbage piles up…...

A Mini World War Rages in Aleppo - Liz Sly, Washington Post

Russian warplanes are bombing from the sky. Iraqi and Lebanese militias aided by Iranian advisers are advancing on the ground. An assortment of Syrian rebels backed by the United S...

Iran's Project and Rafiq Hariri's Assassination - K. Khairallah, Al Arabiya

Iran wants to manage Lebanese politics and control the country via legitimate institutions, particularly the banking sector. It wants to hijack Lebanon, just as it did the Shiite s...

The Crackdown on Hezbollah's Financing Network - Matthew Levitt, WSJ

Hassan Nasrallah has challenged Western governments to produce evidence of the group's illegal activities, and the Treasury Department appears to be doing just that via new sanctio...

Why So Many Lebanese Are Leaving Lebanon - Mona Alami, Al-Monitor

As the economic and political situations in Lebanon worsen, more Lebanese seek to emigrate to the West and to Gulf countries for better job opportunities....

A Sectarian Divide in Mideast on Saudi Arabia and Iran - Pew Research

The recent execution of Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr, along with dozens of other prisoners, by the Saudi Arabian government has sparked a furor in the Middle East. The storming of the ...

A Christmas of Despair for Christian Refugees - Hugh Naylor, Wash Post

In recent years, the number of Christians living in Syria and Iraq has plummeted as a result of unrest and attacks by militant Islamists. Lebanon, with its large and vibrant Christ...

Why Israel Killed Samir Kuntar - Avi Issacharoff, Times of Israel

A Lebanese Druze, Kuntar was infamous for a brutal 1979 raid from Lebanon in which he helped kidnap an Israeli family from Nahariya, then smashed the head of a four-year-old Israel...

America's Absence Destabilizes Lebanon - Elliott Abrams, CFR

If Syria and Hezbollah can select Lebanon’s Christian president, it will mark a giant step toward their renewed domination of Lebanon. It will also show the sad decline of Americ...

Will Lebanon Finally Get a New President? - Jean Aziz, Al Monitor

Beirut is abuzz with the possibility that the Dec. 16 parliamentary session will bring a major breakthrough with the election of a new president, after 32 failed attempts. Almost 1...

Middle East Inches Away From the Inferno - D. Ignatius, Washington Post

A modest diplomatic breakthrough seems near in Lebanon, as the allies of Saudi Arabia and Iran appear to have tentatively agreed on a new president after an 18-month deadlock....

The Day the Global Jihad Began - Robin Wright, The New Yorker

The jihad by Muslim extremists against the West began at 1:05 P.M. on April 18, 1983, when a dark delivery van made a sharp left turn onto the cobblestone drive of the U.S. Embassy...

Lebanon Can Survive Bombs but Not Its Failing State - T. Cambanis, CF

Hezbollah's decision to openly enter the Syrian civil war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad made it inevitable that the war in Syria would reverberate in Lebanon, in one man...

Why Are Shiites Dying in Syria? - Hussain Abdul-Hussain, NOW Lebanon

Since 2011, Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria has proven to be ‘operation mission creep.’ It started as Hezbollah fighters guarding the Shiite Shrine of Sayyidah Z...

Lebanon Is What the Brink Looks Like - Francesca Paci, Worldcrunch

“The city has never been as full as it is now,” says Khaled, a 40-year-old restaurateur from Beirut. “There are Saudis who can’t go anywhere else to spend t...

Self-Immolation Spreads in Middle East - Ash Gallagher, Al-Monitor

Self-immolation is becoming tragically more common in the Middle East, including Lebanon, where Syrian refugees are not the only ones setting themselves on fire in acts of desperat...

From Beirut to Benghazi - Kevin B. Sullivan, RealClearWorld

The 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, carried out by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah resulted in the deaths of 241 Americans, including 220 U.S. Marines. ...

Trash and Trust in the Middle East - Kevin B. Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Hundreds of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Beirut once again this week, as disgruntled Lebanese clashed with police over a monthslong trash crisis that has fuele...

Lebanon Reaps Weapons Windfall From Congress - J. Pecquet, Al Monitor

The tiny state has gone from pariah to partner thanks to the Islamic State....

Lebanon Heads for Breakdown - Lally Weymouth, Washington Post

Lebanon’s politics are so fractured that its prime minister, in the absence of a president, is also the country’s top executive. That’s because the nation’s...

Beirut Chokes on Its Own Filth - Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal

Since the time of antiquity, almost every place in the Middle East has suffered from way too much government, but Lebanon is an intriguing exception. It’s the one country in ...

Lebanon's Staging Ground for Fatah-Islamist Conflict - Amer, Al-Monitor

The precarious security situation in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon has been reignited by recent clashes between the Fatah movement and Islamist militants in...

The Return of the Iraqi Street - Al-Monitor

Demonstrations in Iraq and Lebanon may signal new round of "Arab Springs"; Will Saudi capture of Khobar towers mastermind affect US policy toward Iran?...

Uprooting the Political Garbage in Lebanon - Joyce Karam, Al Arabiya

The political toxicity in Lebanon is deeply entrenched within the elite as well as the main institutions who will unite in resisting a major overhaul. This elite consensus to save ...

Why Do Arabs Keep Choosing These Leaders? - H. Abdul-Hussain, NOW

For Arabs, choosing leaders is hard. For prime minister, Iraqis can choose between Haidar al-Abadi and Nouri al-Maliki, who are both clueless on democracy. Meanwhile, Egyptians see...

Can Iraq Avoid Lebanon's Sectarian Fate? - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Yesterday afternoon, Iraq’s parliament approved some of the most significant changes to the country’s political system since the 2003 invasion. Most analysts have focus...

Why Does America Get Lebanon so Wrong? - M. Young, NOW Lebanon

The Washington think tank and consulting community gives significant relevance for the American capital. It can also be something of a bubble, where the reality of a particular reg...

Syria's Druze Caught Up in Game of Nations - Sami Nader, Al-Monitor

The Syrian Druze, staunch allies of the Assad regime, face an existential threat from opposition forces, which is why Druze leaders in neighboring countries have been calling for a...

ISIS Fights for a Window to the Sea - Esperance Ghanem, Al-Monitor

As the Islamic State is gaining ground in Homs, which is close to the Lebanese border, the Lebanese army is preparing to counter any attempt to turn North Lebanon into an emirate a...

Hezbollah's War on Terror - Nour Samaha, Foreign Policy

For Hezbollah, the sectarian rhetoric emanating from its foes simply distracts from the real battle — its war against terrorist groups. As far as it is concerned, any viable alte...

How to End Lebanon's Presidential Deadlock - Ana Maria Luca, NOW

It’s been a year. Not many people actually care about it, but it has been a year since Lebanon has gone on without a president because the country’s legislators can&rsq...

Hezbollah and Iran Manufacture Victory in Syria - Hanin Ghaddar, NOW

Hezbollah will not admit defeat in Syria....

Is Assad Finally on His Way Out? - W.R. Mead, The American Interest

He could be, and his exit will make a mess, the scope of which will be the direct result of U.S. policy the past few years. Nevertheless, his fall could prove to be the start of a ...

Where ISIS Gets Its Weed - Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast

THE BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon — They are killing Syrians and each other at an astronomical rate but there seems to be one thing that jihadist troops and Assad allies are working ...

Lebanon's War Goes On - The National

Forty years after the start of Lebanon’s civil war, the wounds of war have not yet closed. The country today is still desperately unstable, rocked both by the civil war next ...

How Making Nice with Tehran Boosts ISIS - Ahmad El Assaad, NY Post

Sunnis across the Middle East feel bullied by Tehran’s increasingly dominant role in the region, and angry as the world remains on the sidelines. This unfortunate reality i...

Will Israel and Hezbollah Escalate? - Paul Pillar, The National Interest

An exchange of lethal attacks during the past fortnight between Israel and Hezbollah has raised the risk that escalation of fighting between these old antagonists might be added to...

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