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  

Kuwait and the China-U.S. Geopolitical Rivalry

by Theodore Karasik and Tristan Ober Countries worldwide are eyeing Kuwait’s economic diversification agenda, the New Kuwait, as a geopolitical investment opportunity. Most recently, German and Austrian ministers expressed their countries’ interests in being involved more deeply in the Arab… Continue Reading  

Washington’s Anti-Iran Policy Is in Tatters

by Ali Rizk In 2019, the Trump administration will focus its Middle East policy on intensifying its opposition to Iran and the Lebanese movement Hezbollah. This escalation will likely involve decoupling the Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, from… Continue Reading  

Next Chapter for Syria: The Road to Normalization

by Nour Samaha There has been a flurry of activity in the Syrian arena over the last few weeks. Developments seem to be spelling out a new phase for Syria, as well as for regional and international actors. One should… Continue Reading