Lebanon

الجمهورية اللبنانية

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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

Israel amid a Fragmenting Middle East - R. Abouzeid, New Yorker

On Wednesday, it looked like an old battle in Lebanon and Israel might be reignited. By Thursday, it looked like tensions had declined. In a statement labelled Communiqué No. 1 (i...

ISIS Has no Sunni Support in Lebanon - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

BEIRUT — On Saturday night, Taha al-Khayal and Bilal al-Mariyan approached the Omran Café in the Lebanese city of Tripoli’s Jabal Mohsen district and blew themse...

The Death of Syria's Man in Lebanon - Michael Young, The National

In death, as in life, ‘Syria’s man’ proves Assad’s folly....

Hezbollah Is Having a Mid-Life Crisis - Thanassis Cambanis, Time

For five years, Hezbollah has vowed in fiery speeches to exact revenge for Israel’s assassination of its top military strategist in 2010. Each anniversary passed with Hezbol...

Lebanon Reaches out to Its Diaspora - Jean Aziz, Al-Monitor

Lebanon has signed a memorandum of understanding with the South American free trade organization Mercosur, whose member states host three times the number of Lebanese living in Leb...

Lebanon's Political Soothsayer Sees no Syria Solution - Ali Hashem, A-M

If there’s a name to be given to Walid Jumblatt, one of Lebanon’s veteran politicians and once a warlord during the 1975-1990 civil war, he might be called the survivor...

Sunnis Struggle Through the Age of the Shiite - H. Abdul-Hussain, NOW

If you are a Sunni who lives in the land that stretches between the Lebanese coast and the Iranian-Afghan border, you are doomed. If you are a secular Sunni, you must be a Baathist...

Lebanon's Quest for Water Security - Mohammed Zaatari, The Daily Star

Water fortune lies in tens of springs off southern coast....

Tackling ISIS: A Message from Lebanon - Gareth Smyth, Tehran Bureau

The recent paperback launch of a book on Lebanon published four years ago might seem a strange move given the dramatic changes in the Middle East since 2010. But Michael Young&rsqu...

Stop Funding Terror, Qatar - Telegraph

The cousin of Qatar’s foreign minister has been convicted in a Lebanese court of channelling funds to al-Qaeda....

Leaving Lebanon, Land of Dashed Hopes - Michael Karam, The Spectator

Escaping the shadow of the Islamic State to a changed country....

The Middle East's Loss of Sovereignty - Juan Cole, Informed Comment

In global law since the Peace of Westphalia, states are supposed to rule specific territories and to be inviolable in those territories. Max Weber, writing in the early 20th centur...

ISIS Is on the Path to Defeat - Hussein Ibish, The National

In spite of its technical competence and impressive adaptability, the militant group may have overreached. The range of territory controlled by its fighters involves vulnerable sup...

Lebanon's Genteel Anarchy Is Resilient - Economist

As one of the Arab world’s earliest collapsed states, Lebanon has a lot going for it. The country may have been ruined by 15 years of civil war, but it is far wealthier than ...

Hezbollah Playing a Dangerous Game with Lebanon - Tony Badran, NOW

On Tuesday, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for planting explosive devices that injured two Israeli soldiers on patrol in the Shebaa Farms area. The incident followed an attempted...

A Borderless Nightmare in the Middle East - Paul McGeough, SMH

He expected it. But when the call came mid-morning on Thursday, Nizam Mougherit froze – the caller was threatening to behead Ibrahim, the 35-year-old's younger brother who serves...

Sunni Jihadists Attack Hezbollah - Cynthia Milan, Al-Monitor

The attack by Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra militants on Hezbollah positions in the western Bekaa in Lebanon was an attempt to open a new front and boost morale....

Laughing at Terrorists in Lebanon - Eva Marie Kogel, Ozy

The liberal Arabic press is already calling the band the voice of a generation — a generation of war-weary young people who want to live without bombs, without religious conf...

The Viability of a Syria-Israel Buffer Zone - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

With the US still unwilling to lead efforts to create buffer zones around Syria, complicated challenges remain for neighboring states....

Lebanon's Pluralism Trumps ISIS Barbarism - M. Muasher, Daily Star

When ISIS arrived at the border, however, most of Lebanon’s political parties, media and civil society rallied together. Billboards were erected appealing to Sunnis to preser...

We Should Negotiate with ISIS to Save Lives - R. Fisk, The Independent

He’s offered to do a deal with Isis. No, not David Cameron. Not Obama, of course. I’m talking about Walid Jumblatt, the Lebanese Druze leader. He’s demanding that...

Defeating ISIS Is the Easy Part - Kate Allen, The Independent

Syria is facing the world's biggest humanitarian crisis, and its neighbouring countries can’t manage on their own. Around the world, despite the politicians’ promises, ...

The Mideast's Black ISIS Humor - Siobhan O'Grady, Foreign Policy

In Lebanon, the popular, satiric Ktir Salbe Show recently released a sketch where a taxi driver picks up a jihadi and offers to turn off the air conditioning because it wasn't av...

Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon's Precedent - George Friedman, Stratfor

Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement between Britain and France reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey into the states we know today ...

Fear of New Civil War Hangs Over Lebanon - Michael Young, The National

The outbreak of fighting in the Lebanese town of Arsal last Saturday threatens to draw Lebanon further into the Syrian war, exacerbate already tense Sunni-Shia relations and lead...

Hezbollah to Hamas: You're on Your Own - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Hamas is increasingly isolated in the region as it fights its ferocious war against Israel. In the old days Hezbollah might have helped -- but not now....

ISIS: It's Not Just About Iraq and Syria - John Ford, Daily Caller

In calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, ISIS was marking out for itself a future territory whose western border would touch Egypt and whose eastern border woul...

Mideast Power Struggles Exploit Ancient Rift - David Kirkpatrick, NYT

This island nation off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia was the first place where Arab Spring demands for equal citizenship and democratic governance degenerated into a sectarian ...

America's Imperial IRS - Michael Young, NOW Lebanon

This week the United States began implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or Fatca. The legislation will be applied worldwide, but in many countries it has raised lega...

Lebanon's Lessons for Iraq - Robin Wright, New York Times

Iraq is now peering into the abyss that Lebanon witnessed during the darkest days of its civil war, the first and longest sectarian conflict in the post-colonial Arab world. The c...

Predictable Petropolitics Behind Iraq Crisis - Robert Fisk, The Independent

Saudi Arabia’s claim to be the greatest oil producer in the world is no longer threatened by Shia Iraq’s output, nor the undiscovered reserves which might turn Iraq int...

The Arab World Is Finally United -- By Tents - The Daily Star

Arab countries are thus finally closing in on a possible unifying factor – refugee status – and if the percentage of Arab refugees continues to rise, it might be time for the A...

Iran Benefits from Creative Arab Chaos - Michael Young, The Daily Star

Iran has a finger in several Arab pies. Tehran’s influence over Iraq and its government is said to be significant. In Lebanon, the ties with Hezbollah have given it a major r...

He's Made It Worse: Obama's Middle East - Abe Greenwald, Commentary

What have we gotten in return for our more humble posture in the Middle East? The answer, as a case-by-case examination of the most important examples reveals, is this: a new age o...

George Clooney's Future In-Laws - Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

George Clooney’s reps have yet to make the official announcement, but all the tabloids and gossip sheets are reporting that the Hollywood heartthrob recently popped the questio...

Hezbollah Has Enabled Assad's Worst Acts - Michael Young, The National

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...

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