Lebanon

الجمهورية اللبنانية

What Mr. Al Assad really means is that he intends to resolve Syria’s problems by drowning the uprising in more blood. And that has implications for Hizbollah. The party’s in...(full article)

For most of the recent era of independent Arab states, Lebanon has always been the exception to the rule. From the 1950s it was always the lively, open, liberal and freewheeling pl...(full article)

The self-immolation of a Syrian refugee in Lebanon last month is a harrowing reminder of the desperate circumstances of those who have fled the war. But the hardship...(full article)

Less than a generation removed from the 15-year civil war that claimed nearly 200,000 lives, Lebanon again appears to be hurtling toward instability....(full article)

How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than through an act of nature or a natural death? Let me count the ways....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Beirut's Most Dangerous Slum - Jeff Neumann, Vocativ

The Syrian Civil War has spread to the neighborhood of Hay al-Gharbe, where guns, drugs and thugs now rule the streets....

Hezbollah Advances in Syria, Frail in Lebanon - S. Nashashibi, National

If the capture of Yabroud is to be described as a victory for anyone, it would be for Hizbollah, not the regime it is propping up. Even then, however, victory is an appropriate d...

A Syrian Reflection in Many Arab States - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

Perhaps one reason why Arab host countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq keep their borders open is that these countries have all experienced the pain of conflicts that sent man...

Along Syria's Borders, Militias Spawn - Laure Stephan, Le Monde

Faced with increasing violence spilling over from the chaotic Syrian conflict, in which rebels are fighting among themselves, several villages that considered national security for...

Syria, Iraq, Lebanon: The New AfPak - Anno Bunnik, National Interest

Developments in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are so deeply intertwined that we might start speaking about these countries as a common space, as we do now with “AfPak.”...

Disappearing Arab Nations a Problem for Israel - Moshe Arens, Haaretz

Under the dictatorial rule of Hafez el-Assad and later his son Bashar, there presumably was a neighboring nation-state with whom a peace treaty could in principle be negotiated. Th...

When Reagan Cut and Run - Micah Zenko, Foreign Policy

What was particularly remarkable about Reagan's bold decision was its rarity. Presidents often authorize using force or deploying troops to achieve some discrete set of political a...

Heritage Foundation Hosts Pro-Hezbollah Clerics - Michael Weiss, NOW

The “Marked for Destruction” panel discussion consisted of “the first delegation of Syrian Church leaders to visit the United States since the start of the civil war,” as H...

Hezbollah Pushes Lebanon to War - Michael Young, The National

After signs last week that a new Lebanese government would be formed, the process has stalled amid continuing disagreements over cabinet portfolios. This represents another setback...

Why Lebanon Still Matters - Hanin Ghaddar, NOW Lebanon

Lebanon is at a crossroads, and the result will determine Iran’s sway within the region....

Obama's Messianic and Obsessive Foreign Policy - Michael Weiss, NOW

Words from the regimes of Iran, Russia, and Syria mean nothing now because the executive branch is speaking on their behalf. The result is a colossal mission of redefinition. A ske...

Obama's Losing Bet on Iran - Michael Doran & Max Boot, New York Times

Trying to draw the Iranians into a negotiated solution will almost certainly mean keeping Mr. Assad in power. That, in turn, will only play into the hands of Sunni extremists....

Lebanon Is Hearing the Alarm Bells - Michael Young, The Daily Star

Lebanon cannot afford a void in the coming months, and fear of one is universal overseas. The Lebanese are getting the point, even if March 14 is worried that it will pay the price...

Syria Spillover Is Redrawing the Mideast Map - Benjamin Barthe, Le Monde

The Syrian conflict and the surrounding chaos are allowing al-Qaeda to reinforce its presence in the region, starting with Iraq and Lebanon....

A Post-Everything Moment in the Middle East - Rami Khouri, Daily Star

With daily car bombs, suicide bombers, assassinations, kidnappings, ethnic warfare and collapsing government control across the Middle East, we are moving into the post-everything ...

5 Things That Won't Happen This Year - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Predictions, like the careers of politicians, almost always end in failure, especially when those predictions are about things that should happen. In the messy, tangled, unpredicta...

Sunnis Against Shias: A Strategic Absurdity - The Guardian

Iran and Saudi Arabia are both bent on unrealistic plans for dominance in the Middle East or, at the very least, on denying the dominance of the other....

A Regional War Is Brewing in Syria - Washington Post

A multi-sided and transnational war is developing among the same factions battling in Syria: al-Qaeda; Shiite Hezbollah and its sectarian allies in the Syrian and Iraqi governments...

Militants Fill Middle East Power Vacuum - Hubbard, Worth & Gordon, NYT

The images of recent days have an eerie familiarity, as if the horrors of the past decade were being played back: masked gunmen recapturing the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi, ...

Last Chance for Lebanon - Daily Star

The cycle of violence that Lebanon is experiencing comes as no surprise to anyone, and should be fully expected because of the lack of functioning state institutions to take respon...

A Year of Strife -- and Hope -- in the Mideast - The National

At the beginning of this year, many observers believed that this region had finally settled on a new path. The tumult of the Arab Spring had given way to a sense of destiny for som...

Beirut Bombing Shows the Strategy of Chaos - The National

Within hours of the Beirut car bomb on Friday that killed the Lebanese opposition figure Mohamad Chatah, blame was being levelled at Hizbollah. The movement is certainly a tempting...

The Meaning of the Chatah Assassination - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

The attack should probably be analyzed at three levels simultaneously: the domestic confrontation between the March 14 and March 8 coalitions; the armed conflict to bring down or s...

Is Lebanon Edging Back Toward Civil War? - Karl Vick, Time

The massive explosion in downtown Beirut on Friday morning that killed Mohamad Chatah, a moderate Sunni politician who once served as Lebanon’s ambassador to Washington, blackene...

Hezbollah Is Caught in an al-Qaeda Vise - Michael Young, The Daily Star

Lebanon has entered a new phase of instability as attacks against Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army have occurred in rapid succession in recent days. Understanding what is happening ...

Lebanon Is No Country for Young Men - Michael Young, The Daily Star

Every day, it seems, Lebanon has become a vast con game, an unprincipled country where violence is given free rein, where charlatanism is rewarded, where incompetence is generalize...

Lebanese Salafis in Syria's War - Geneive Abdo, Foreign Policy

One recent cool and sunny afternoon in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, Sheikh Bilal Baroudi, a Sunni Salafist cleric, showed me the charred remains of the Salam mosque. He was...

Hezbollah Suffers Syria Blowback in Beirut - Fouad Ajami, Bloomberg

The two bombings that hit the Iranian embassy in a Hezbollah neighborhood of Beirut on Tuesday should have delivered to Nasrallah a truth known to all protagonists in this fight. T...

Can Lebanon's Delicate Peace Survive Syria? - The National

When the Syrian uprisings began nearly three years ago, the one thing that those in Lebanon felt sure of was that the conflict would eventually leak across the border....

A Deadly Violation of Lebanon's Sovereignty - The Daily Star

The deadly terrorist blast that shook the southern suburbs of Beirut Tuesday was an attack against Lebanon’s sovereignty. The bombings might have targeted the Iranian Embassy, bu...

War Returns to Beirut - Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker

Without Assad in Damascus -- the critical link in the Iranian supply line -- Hezbollah could be doomed....

Inside Syria's Next Big Battle - Mike Giglio, BuzzFeed

Ali Barakat is a rising star in some circles in Lebanon, as the crooning voice of Hezbollah, the paramilitary and political group that controls much of the country. He got his star...

Is This the Next Phase of Syria's War? - Joshua Keating, Slate

Syria-related violence has been spreading into Lebanon and other neighboring countries for months now, but for the first time, Bashar al-Assad’s Iranian allies were directly tar...

Lebanon Must Resist Hezbollah's Thuggish Politics - The Daily Star

The message they have rolled out is clear: We will dominate, whether through political or other means, namely force. And the latest language has contained threats that Hezbollah wi...

Hezbollah's Syria Invasion - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

The Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah is poised to launch a much-anticipated offensive to the north of Damascus in a counterinsurgency campaign that is likely to pr...

Hezbollah's Pointless Poise - The Daily Star

There was a time when live, televised addresses by Hezbollah’s leader used to count for something. Over the past decade, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has increasingly taken to the ...

Syria, Hezbollah Have Hollowed Out Lebanon - Hussein Ibish, The National

The fragmentation of the Syrian state is rapidly spilling over the country’s borders. Lebanon, in particular, is facing the prospect of unprecedented state disintegration, an...

We Learned Nothing from Beirut - Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast

An Iranian photographer caught the image of the mushroom cloud over Beirut – and over the headquarters of the United States Marines there. He had been watching from afar and wa...

D.C. Starting to Look a Lot Like Beirut - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

I've spent most of my career covering Middle East politics. I always thought it was its own unique field. But, in the last few weeks, I’ve felt myself to be at a real advantage t...

The Many Shades of Hezbollah - Hanin Ghaddar, NOW Lebanon

The gap between Hezbollah’s leadership and its community....

Lebanon's Refugee Problem from Hell - Michael Young, Daily Star

Lebanon, which hosts more than 1 million refugees, between those officially registered and those who are not, is especially vulnerable. Some 20 percent of the total population in t...

Lebanon's Last Line of Defense - Robert Sharp & Sterling Jensen, TNI

The future of Lebanon is vested in the performance of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). The LAF is the anchor and rock of Lebanon. It remains apolitical and is the only le...

Al-Qaeda's Plan to Swallow Israel, Lebanon & Syria - Yaakov Lappin, GI

Al Qaeda is quickly constructing its main regional Middle East base in Syria, from where it plans to export terrorism and Islamic radicalism to neighboring states, then to the West...

Imagining a Remapped Middle East - Robin Wright, New York Times

The map of the modern Middle East, a political and economic pivot in the international order, is in tatters. Syria’s ruinous war is the turning point. But the centrifugal for...

Hezbollah Gambles Everything in Syria - Samia Nakhoul, Reuters

Hezbollah's role in Syria has ramifications not just in its home in Lebanon but across the region. If Assad wins, Iran's influence along the shores of the Mediterranean will grow. ...

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