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  

The Charismatic Leadership of Iran’s Revolution

by Gareth Smyth The mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini just south of Tehran has a vast outside area for rallies on notable days, but inside the atmosphere is more one of reverence, with people quietly praying. Likewise, the house in… Continue Reading  

Looking at Iran’s Past to Understand Its Future

by Gareth Smyth Next month brings the fortieth anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini flew back from exile in Paris on February 1, meeting such big crowds in Tehran that the 78-year-old cleric abandoned his station wagon for… Continue Reading  

Beirut Rules

by Gareth Smyth Out this month from Penguin Random House, Beirut Rules is a breathless tale of good against evil. On one side is William Buckley, the CIA Beirut chief who died in captivity after his kidnapping in 1984. On… Continue Reading  

Revisiting Regime Change In Iran

by Gareth Smyth After abandoning the 2015 nuclear agreement signed by the Obama administration with Iran and five world powers, the Trump administration has returned to past American notions of Iran’s Islamic Republic being either overthrown or weakened to the… Continue Reading