Corruption, Inequality, and Poverty Fuel Widespread Anger in Lebanon

by Giorgio Cafiero “Revolution, revolution!” “The people want the downfall of the regime!” Fed up with a crumbling economy, state negligence, and widespread corruption, thousands of Lebanese have defiantly chanted these slogans this month amid difficult times. Although Lebanon’s ongoing… Continue Reading  

Upcoming Summit Requires End to Lebanese Political Impasse

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Late in 2018, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri declared that, after seven months of unsuccessful attempts, he might finally form a new government in a matter of “days.” Lebanon still does not have a government, but… Continue Reading  

Lebanon Dances On The Edge Of The Abyss

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  

On the Destabilization of the Middle East

by Derek Davison One of America’s favorite talking points on Iran is its “destabilizing” role in the Middle East. There’s no question that Iran does things that contribute to regional instability. In particular, it frequently supports armed non-state actors that… Continue Reading  

Tillerson’s Vanishing Act While the Middle East Is Burning

by Emile Nakhleh Mohammad bin Salman’s (MbS) recent purge of his opponents in Saudi Arabia and his bellicose rhetoric toward Iran and Hezbollah threaten to plunge the region into more destructive military clashes. MbS’s bellicosity toward Iran and other state… Continue Reading