Upcoming Summit Requires End to Lebanese Political Impasse

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Late in 2018, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri declared that, after seven months of unsuccessful attempts, he might finally form a new government in a matter of “days.” Lebanon still does not have a government, but… Continue Reading  

Israel’s Latest Campaign Against Hezbollah: An Utter Failure?

Hezbollah flag in Baalbek, Lebanon, 2017 (Shutterstock.com)

by Ali Rizk The last few weeks have witnessed intensifying Israeli rhetoric regarding Hezbollah and its alleged receipt of “precision guided missiles” from Iran. Israeli media outlets have stated that Iranian cargo planes made direct flights recently to Beirut, carrying… Continue Reading  

Lebanon Dances On The Edge Of The Abyss

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri

by Imad K. Harb Once again, Lebanon has reminded everyone that it remains a subject of serious concern. It has just celebrated its 75th birthday as an independent country; yet its development and future remain hostage to domestic divisions between… Continue Reading  

MbS Tries to Restart the Lebanese War

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by Paul R. Pillar The record of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) as de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia has included a trail of regional destabilization. Foremost on this record has been an air war in Yemen that has… Continue Reading  

U.S. Escalates against Hezbollah: Israel Happy, EU Not

Hezbollah supporters (Gabriele Pedrini via Shutterstock)

by Ali Rizk On November 13, the State department designated Jawad Nasrallah—the son of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah—a global terrorist. At the same time, the State department announced a $5 million reward for information on two Hezbollah officials, Khalil… Continue Reading