Middle Eastern protests: A tug of war over who has the longer breath

By James Dorsey Mass anti-government protests in several Arab countries are turning into competitions to determine who has the longer breath, the protesters or the government. In Algeria, Lebanon and Iraq, countries in which the leader was either forced to… Continue Reading  

Protests in Lebanon: A View From Iran

By Talal Mohammad With resonating and echoing chants, “Kilon Yani Kilon,” “Everyone Means Everyone,” Lebanese citizens poured en masse to protest the dire economic situation and political milieu that has plagued Lebanon for decades. Few would think that a tariff… Continue Reading  

Media and State Control in the Middle East

By Emile Nakhleh As street protests continue unabated in Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Algeria, and other Middle Eastern countries, regimes have used the social media platforms and traditional media to track, control, and repress their citizens. Iran has shut down the… Continue Reading  

The Battle to Defeat Confessional Politics in Lebanon and Beyond

By Daniel Brumberg From Algiers to Baghdad, some quarters of the Arab world are now witnessing an uprising of a mobilized and angry middle class which––by dint of its education, economic interests, institutional resources, and globalized consciousness––is seeking a deep… Continue Reading  

Old Roots of the New Arab Spring

By Paul R. Pillar Recent disturbances in Arab countries have not yet become as far-reaching as what ensued after a Tunisian fruit vendor immolated himself in protest nine years ago, but observers are already talking about an Arab Spring 2.0.… Continue Reading