Hariri’s Focus: Economy Not Hezbollah

Said Hariri (Dominic Dudley via Shutterstock)

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz After a nine-month deadlock, the Lebanese have a new but predictable cabinet of ministers. Rotation of leadership is rare in the Middle East. Both Prime Minister Saad Hariri (a pro-Saudi Sunnite leader) and Gebran Bassil (the… Continue Reading  

In Beirut: Fractured Summit, Deadlocked Government

Minister of Economy and Trade, Raed Khoury, presides over preparatory meeting for the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit (Government of Lebanon)

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, which ended in Beirut on January 20, was trivialized by politics. Lebanon convened this important regional event before forming a new government that has been in the making for… Continue Reading  

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