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Interview: Saudi Arabia and Lebanon Tensions Over Foreign Policy

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Saudi Arabia decided to halt a 4 billion US dollars grant to the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces. And Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE have urged their citizens to leave Lebanon or avoid traveling there.

Can Hariri Co-exist with a Strong Christian President in Lebanon?

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Lebanon has been without a President since May 2014. As per Lebanese custom, the President should be Maronite (Eastern Catholic) and is elected by the convening of Parliament with a minimum of a two-thirds quorum.

The Beirut Bombings Reflect the Minority Trap of the Levant

Faysal Itani | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Faysal Itani

Herein lies the minority trap: the greater the punishment that Hezbollah and Assad inflict on the Sunni majority, the more they expose themselves and their supporters to violent retribution, which in turn drives the minority population further into their embrace. Neither the first Vienna summit on Syria negotiations nor the second one planned for this weekend appears to address the tragedy of these two minorities -- the Lebanese Shiites and the Syrian Alawites. Without a lifeline thrown from outside powers, the bond between hijacking despots and hijacked population will almost certainly grow tighter.

Extremism on One Side Strengthens Extremism on the Other Side

Ahmad El Assaad | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Ahmad El Assaad

There is no hope and no future for Lebanon as long as it is controlled by Hezbollah. The only way to weaken this party, that has the audacity to call itself the "Party of God," is to weaken it from within.

The Great Game: Israeli, Hezbollah, and Iranian Edition

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

The Middle East remains a powder keg with most regional actors balancing precariously upon a tightrope. The danger of a misstep that could plunge the region into a new war is ever present and unfortunately, nothing suggests that trajectory will change anytime soon.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Israel Strike Underscores Security Concerns In Syria Beyond ISIS, Upping Stakes For U.S. | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Israeli-linked airstrike in Syria on Sunday is drawing attention to an element of the messy Syrian civil war that the U.S. has tried ...

Hamas Should Be Disarmed, Not Destroyed

Daniel Nisman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Daniel Nisman

With rockets targeting all of Israel's major cities for the first time in history, everyone here seems to agree that it's time for a paradigm shift -- that the goals of this conflict should amount to more than just buying time with deterrence before a fourth round of even deadlier violence.

How Hezbollah Is Changing the War in Syria – and Vice Versa

Sahar Atrache | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Sahar Atrache

Hezbollah's intervention in Syria has achieved significant gains. The result, however, has been that Hezbollah ("party of God" in Arabic), once widely respected by Sunnis in Syria and the region for its military struggle against Israel, is now frequently dubbed the "Party of Satan."

Max J. Rosenthal

Hezbollah Defiant In Face Of Bombings | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.19.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- The twin bombings that killed at least five people outside of an Iranian cultural center here on Wednesday were a particularly pointed assau...

So, Mr. President, You Want a New Syria Policy?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Generating a General Assembly resolution to support humanitarian relief and encouraging states to pursue humanitarian remedies at least isolates Putin and Assad from the will of the world and yields at least broad moral authority to act.

Max J. Rosenthal

New App Skewers Out-Of-Touch Lebanese Politicians | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- After a string of bombings in the first weeks of the new year raised fears here about the encroaching Syrian civil war, blogger Myra El Mir ...

Happy New Year, Mr. President

Allan Topol | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Allan Topol

No American president has ever begun a year with as many different foreign policy crises as Obama now faces. It would be understandable if he took one look at this list and remained in Hawaii playing golf.

Joshua Hersh

Tensions Erupt At Beirut Bomb Victims' Funerals | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.29.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- The funerals for three of the victims killed in a central Beirut bombing spilled over into grievance and sectarian tension on Sunday, raisin...

Max J. Rosenthal

Hezbollah Loses Military Mastermind | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

The assassination of Hezbollah leader Hassan al-Laqis by a small Sunni group this week has eliminated an effective and high-ranking operative who help...

Lebanon Ready to Collapse

Allan Topol | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Two weeks ago, a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 147. This recent development shows the misery of Lebanon, which has continued for more than 50 years, enters a new and dangerous phase.

Why Assad Will Win

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Now, after more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands more uprooted from their homes or taking refuge in Turkey and Jordan, the muddled situation is becoming clearer.

Europe's Half Measure on Hezbollah

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 09.28.2013 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

The European Union's unanimous decision on Monday to designate the "military wing" of Hezbollah--Lebanon's "Party of God"--a terrorist group is a step in the right direction.

Lebanon: Finding Consensus Without the Factions

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

"Exiles" and their politics are part of the very fabric of American life. But there are many times when "exile" politics have proved to be a problem -- with the recent Iraq debacle, a case in point, and fragmented Lebanon being another.

Israel Considering Strike Against Syria

The Washington Post | Janine Zacharia | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIRUT -- Syria's fresh interference in Lebanon and its increasingly sophisticated weapons shipments to Hezbollah have alarmed American officials and ...

Lebanon's Moment of Truth

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

There can be little doubt that assassins revel in an absence of accountability -- and in Lebanon's history few of them have ever been brought to justice.

Hezbollah and Iran: the New Masters of Lebanon?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

Hezbollah conducted a simulation of the zero hour to demonstrate its ability to maintain a security and military grip on Lebanon, thereby giving its Iranian master the coveted reins over Lebanon.

What Lebanon Can Teach the U.S. About Religious Tolerance

David Samel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Samel

Americans and New Yorkers have a lot to learn about religious freedom and tolerance, and can take lessons from Beirut.

Ready to Rumble in the Middle East?

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

If administration officials want to avoid a close concert of the Iranians, Syrians, Hamas and Hezbollah, then they should cease making the casual, convenient assumption that they're all a bunch of bad guys out to get us. That is a self-serving, intellectually lazy notion nurtured by many inside and outside the White House. It can only lead us into blind alleys. That is, unless one sees all these intricate issues liable to resolution by confrontation with the prospect of war.

The Intuition of the Lebanese

Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea

There is disagreement and confusion over the Iran question amongst the Europeans and the great powers. The Israelis are unshakable in their opinion that Tehran strives for the immediate production of nuclear bombs.

A Soft Power Opportunity for Iran

Kevin Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kevin Sullivan

In the neighboring country of Yemen, a very real opportunity to make good on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's promise of friendship is rapidly emerging for Iran.