Can Recycling Save Lebanon?

by Austin Bodetti Lebanon’s problems with waste collection have become notorious. After Beirut’s primary landfill closed in 2015 without a backup, what Lebanese dubbed “garbage mountains” engulfed the capital. The Lebanese government’s impromptu solutions, such as dumping refuse into the… Continue Reading  

The Future of UN Peacekeeping in the Middle East

by Dennis Jett If it is one thing that the U.S. government does not like to pay for it is the cost of UN peacekeeping operations. The Trump administration could save American taxpayers about $170 million a year on peacekeeping… 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  

Britain and EU Diverge on Hezbollah

by Ali Rizk In 2008, Britain designated “Hezbollah’s military wing” a terrorist organization, which diverged from the official EU stance. It wasn’t until mid-July 2013 that the EU adopted a similar position following claims that the Lebanese movement was responsible… Continue Reading  

Hariri’s Focus: Economy Not Hezbollah

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