Syrian return: A Matter of Politics or Humanitarianism?

Syrian refugees in Lebanon

by Roshan De Stone and David Suber Under international law, refugees with a well-founded fear of persecution in their country of origin cannot be forcibly repatriated. The rights-based language used around return usually frames the issue as a humanitarian one; often… Continue Reading  

Lebanon Dances On The Edge Of The Abyss

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri

by Imad K. Harb Once again, Lebanon has reminded everyone that it remains a subject of serious concern. It has just celebrated its 75th birthday as an independent country; yet its development and future remain hostage to domestic divisions between… Continue Reading  

Oman Blazes A Trail For Environmentalism In The Arab World

The port city of Sur in Oman

by Austin Bodetti Oman has long proved an outlier among the monarchies at the western edge of the Persian Gulf. Most Omanis subscribe to Ibadism, not Sunni Islam, and the Omani Sultan, Qaboos bin Said Al Said, has pursued a much… Continue Reading  

Assad Can’t Put The Syrian-Kurdish Genie Back In The Bottle

YPG fighters in Raqqa in 2016

by Paul Iddon Kurds in Syria are currently negotiating their future with the Syrian regime in Damascus. They want the decentralisation and democratisation of Syria, which will ensure their own continued self-rule. While it’s unlikely they will achieve such an ambitious… Continue Reading  

Pushing Beirut And Baghdad To Comply With Iran Sanctions Is Risky Business

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (left) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

by Imad K. Harb President Donald Trump has reimposed an old set of American sanctions on Iran, as well as new ones following his abandonment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last May. For regional neighbours Lebanon and Iraq,… Continue Reading