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In Depth: Middle East, Lebanon and Egypt

3 Jan 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

The number of genuinely liberal democracies to emerge soon in the Arab world is likely to be one or zero.
1 Feb 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

these countries have in common with each other is that they’re in turmoil ...

2 Jun 2011

Interesting if True

still bad in Egypt despite the peace treaty between the two countries ...

10 Apr 2012

The Lost City

and Iran were back in the saddle. They don’t govern the country directly, ...

3 Jul 2013

Armed Forces Control Egypt

hooligans, and gang rapists. In other countries, such as Lebanon, Tunisia, ...

27 Feb 2007

Seymour Hersh Botches Lebanon (and Egypt)

Michael J. Totten's blog Lebanon is the most complicated country I have been to by far. Lebanese politics are as complex and bewildering as any you will find anywhere — and that’s doubly true when you add ...

24 Oct 2006

Argentina (Finally) Charges Iran and Hezbollah

Hezbollah foreign security service chief, Imad Fayez Moughnieh. In a country ...

14 Jul 2006

My Friend is a Refugee

on this very subject. Israel has lost him. And he has lost his country . You’ve made this country unliveable for the people fighting to disarm Hezbollah. ...

22 Aug 2011

The Historic Implications of Qaddafi’s Downfall

Generation leadership—the country’s current crop of autocrats—would ever order ...

9 Mar 2012

Hezbollah's Relentless Rage

but they’ve never come close to threatening the country’s existence. ...

4 Jul 2012

Chasing Demons from the Middle East to the Balkans

Ethnic divisions and tensions take on different forms across the world. What is universal, however, is our obligation to not stand by while sectarian slaughter wipes out millions.
17 May 2013

Legacy of Qaddafi's 'Organized Chaos' Keeps Libya Back

Democracy in the Middle East is struggling against the legacy of two generations of dictatorship and a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that restricts political freedoms and rights. The West should be patient.
22 Apr 2013

The Beginning of the End for Hezbollah

Now that Hezbollah's power has passed its pinnacle, what does the future hold for the Iranian regime's ability to use its proxy among Lebanon's Shias?
13 Jul 2009

A Smoldering Disaffection with the President’s Policy

hectoring–Israel’s leaders. It is, after all, they whose country is the target ...

18 Oct 2011

In Egypt, with Liberals

country, but it certainly wasn’t totalitarian. For the most part, if people ...

4 Jun 2006

“Face to Face with My Occupier”

Arabic-speaking countries do. There is relatively little of the Jew-hating poison ...

2 Jun 2009

Advice for Barack Obama from Lebanon

usually reserved only for heads of state. Both countries described Aoun ...

27 Jan 2011

The Gathering Storm

Michael Zantovsky's blog As of last week, the Middle East is in turmoil. The old regime in Tunisia is gone; a new one has not quite taken its place. The game is up in Sudan, which will soon divide into two countries ...

25 Dec 2005

A Magnificent City

promise and more. It is not just “the Muslim country that works.” It’s ...

21 Dec 2011

A Challenge to Newt Gingrich

Authority. But this country is ill-equipped to deal with large amorphous bodies ...

14 Jun 2009

An Enemy of the World

country. Understand the mind of a totalitarian. “Probe with a bayonet,” ...

3 Feb 2009

The New Backbone of the Sunni Resistance

for instance. But even the more hysterical residents of Arabic countries see ...

11 Sep 2005

From Portland to Beirut — and Beyond

Hardly anyone I know of has blogged from so many different countries ...

9 May 2008

Lebanon’s Third Civil War

No country on earth can withstand that kind of geopolitical tectonic pressure. ...

21 Nov 2006

The Stage is Set – Updated

in Lebanon have infiltrated the country and are leading combat units ...

18 Dec 2005

Nasser’s Biggest Crime

No country builds streets like this anymore anyway.” It felt like an Arab New ...

13 Jan 2006

A Woman Traveling Alone

to Israel then. Of all the Middle East countries, only Egypt and Jordan (and ...

11 May 2006

The Palestinians of 1948

wanted their own sovereign country. And it was easy to be pro-Israeli ...

9 Dec 2005

Arrival in Egypt

defined sharply in the night as though the country were rendered ...