The Trickiness of Syria’s Return to the Arab League

by Imad K. Harb The thirtieth regular summit of the League of Arab States that is scheduled for March 31 in Tunisia may have dodged a bullet by deciding not to consider Syria’s reinstatement to its seat. Many other issues… Continue Reading  

ISIS 3.0: The More Virulent Threat

by Richard Sindelar The Islamic State hasn’t been defeated. The most horrendous of terror organizations is not going anywhere, not for quite a while. The much-trumpeted fall of the Islamic State’s last town, Baghuz, in Syria is irrelevant in terms… Continue Reading  

The Future of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

by Gareth Smyth After a cold winter, spring has arrived with vigor in Lebanon, coating the mountains with the red, yellow, and blue of anemones, daisies, and lupines. Down on the coastal plain, garden centers enjoy a brisk business, with… Continue Reading  

Israeli Annexation of the Golan Heights: Myth and Reality

by Jerome Slater Benjamin Netanyahu, now supported by Donald Trump, has recently claimed that Israel has the right to permanently hold the Golan Heights. “It belongs to us,” he said, because “we won it in a just war of self-defense.”… Continue Reading  

Talk of Golan Annexation Leaves Out Those Expelled From It

by Tom Pessah The vast majority of Israelis are still unaware that over 130,000 residents of the Golan Heights were expelled from their villages, towns, and cities during the 1967 war. In fact, over the past decades, the territory has… Continue Reading