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In Depth: Middle East, Lebanon and Israel

7 Jun 2013

Is the Sunni Saudi Kingdom Next?

While Syria’s neighbors are nervous about the war spilling into their own countries, Saudi Arabia's leaders fear that the Saudi jihadists now fighting in Syria will bring their training home to overthrow the kingdom.
19 Jun 2013

Syria’s Endgame: Prospects Dim, Options Narrow

The revolution to remove Assad has metastasized into a grotesque sectarian war among the Sunni majority, the ruling Alawite minority, and a host of other uncertain players.
27 Jun 2012

Assad Delenda Est: The Case for Aiding Syria’s Rebels

if nearly every Sunni Arab in the country votes for them, which can’t possibly ...

30 Dec 2012

Iran in the Balkans: A History and a Forecast

Iran’s largest diplomatic contingent in Europe resides in tiny Sarajevo. And the Islamist presence—including terror cells and training camps—continues to threaten the region, and the West.
10 Jun 2011

Fool Me Twice: How the United States Lost Lebanon—Again

US failures in Lebanon in the '80s have always given heartburn to policy veterans. It hardly reassures that recent generations have not done much better.

17 Dec 2008

US Arms Lebanese Military

country. The Lebanese often mocked this aid comparing it to that the Israelis receive. However, no other country supplied the Lebanese with nearly as much ...

30 Nov 2006

The breaking of a country: Hizbullah takes to the streets of Beirut

the ministers (!) but wants to put the country on stronger foundations and restore ...

26 May 2006

Ghosts

the country to pieces. But they aren’t the only disgruntled Arabs around. Check ...

16 Sep 2014

American Conservatives Find Common Cause with Israel

American conservatives are more pro-Israel than ever, but not for religious reasons: They see Western civilization under assault from radical Islam, just as they once saw it threatened by Communism.
14 Aug 2013

Exodus

the country's largest Christian community. Along the way, Mr. Tadros offers ...

2 Jun 2011

Interesting if True

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

30 Jun 2013

Lebanon's Israel Syndrome

Lebanon is in important ways the least anti-Israel country in the Arab ...

7 Jun 2013

Is the Sunni Saudi Kingdom Next?

While Syria’s neighbors are nervous about the war spilling into their own countries, Saudi Arabia's leaders fear that the Saudi jihadists now fighting in Syria will bring their training home to overthrow the kingdom.
26 Oct 2008

Lebanon’s Enemy Within

to Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora: “Lebanon will be the last Arab country ...

4 Feb 2010

Israel Threatens Assad with Regime Change

in the Middle East anyway. Not a single Arab country — unless you consider Gaza ...

12 Nov 2010

Odds and Ends

startling and overwhelming it is to visit an Arab country—in this case ...

19 Feb 2013

Free Syrian Army Threatens Hezbollah in Lebanon

reasons the organization has never tried to conquer the rest of the country ...

19 Mar 2011

No One Could Have Predicted Any of This in January

of force against a country that was elected to its own Human Rights Commission, that Barack Obama would fire missiles at an Arab country when less ...

7 Nov 2011

Sixty Two Days

a nuclear-armed Iran would put all those countries in even greater danger than ...

5 May 2011

An American in the Paris of the Middle East

Square to demand the removal of the country’s Syrian overlords. The Syrians ...

25 Jul 2006

Lebanon’s Premature Liberalism

thought war could engulf the whole country, and not just the border, in one day with no warning? I kept my eye on the country, even so, because ...

23 Oct 2006

Berri Crosses Lebanon’s Red Line

“moderate” ally, one of Bashar Assad’s point men in the country, said what he ...

7 Feb 2013

Shooting at the Neighbors

in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli , the second largest in the country ...

29 Sep 2010

A Nice Little Fantasy

day to a tour of the southern part of that country. He will visit sites ...

24 Jul 2012

Hezbollah's Swedish Roots

Last week’s suicide bombing in Bulgaria by a Swedish citizen is only the latest reminder of Stockholm’s lax attitude toward the terrorists within its own borders.
19 Nov 2009

A Third Lebanon War Could Be Much Worse than the Second

country. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere in Lebanon while Israelis are actively fending off that kind of assault. No country can afford ...

6 Aug 2010

Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone

country in the region aside from Lebanon. It’s an electrifying piece ...

22 Feb 2010

Turkey's Day of Reckoning

countries wanted all along: That is, to put some distance between Damascus ...

14 Nov 2006

Iran Wants Lebanon Now

battleground for countries more powerful than itself. Just about every group in the country allows itself to be used as a proxy by some nation or other, and so ...

24 Oct 2006

Argentina (Finally) Charges Iran and Hezbollah

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

19 Jun 2013

Syria's Fight to the Death

he says, “is to look at the social tissue of these countries ...

29 Jul 2006

Al Qaeda Heading to Lebanon – And Why Israel Needs to Help Reconstruct Lebanon

is conditional…Assistance to rebuild a devastated country is a wise choice. Okay then, ...

19 Jul 2006

What the World Needs Now

weapons and troops from countries like France, Russia, India and China ...

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. ...

10 Jun 2006

Lebanese-Israeli Dialogue

countries should be recovered by their own governments, would you not agree? Would you not agree that Lebanon, as a small country, should relatively ...

4 Oct 2006

Dispatches from the Front Now in Print

country. Yet they have more in common with each other than most of them know. ...

9 Aug 2009

Where the Middle East Fights Its Wars

Yasser Arafat and the PLO used the country as a terrorist base and set up ...

9 Mar 2012

Hezbollah's Relentless Rage

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

8 Feb 2013

Assessing Israel's Strike on Syria

The details of last week’s strike in Syria remain unclear, but a few preliminary conclusions can be drawn—including that Hezbollah could threaten to drag Lebanon into the Syrian war.
2 Jan 2012

Strong Horse, Weak Horse

the Kurds, they are fragmented and live as minorities in more than one country ...

24 Aug 2010

The Perfect Iranian Storm on the Horizon

also interesting how that part of the country interacts with the rest ...

6 Dec 2006

The patriot and his militia

another weekend, burying the country and its economy in the sanitary hole ...

24 Jun 2013

Hezbollah's Disneyland

Hezbollah has buit a museum-theme park atop a mountain in Lebanon dedicated to its "victorious" exploits against Israel. Conspicuously missing from this propaganda playland however are the terror group's monstrous attacks against civilians.
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.
23 Jul 2012

Assad Delenda Est

in the country votes for them, which can’t possibly happen. There’s no reason ...

22 Nov 2005

War

a country at peace. Other times, though, things are different. (Photo courtesy ...

9 May 2013

The New Black Hole of the Eastern Mediterranean

Michael J. Totten's blog Until awfully recently, Lebanon was the country in the Eastern Mediterranean that acted as a gravitational black hole that sucked in the neighbors. The Israelis, the Syrians, the PLO, ...

29 Jul 2006

Grim Days Ahead

apparatus in this country, and we can reach any of those people who ...

14 Jul 2006

Comments are Closed, and Some Clarifications – UPDATED BELOW

Hezbollahland as a country, which it basically is, and attacked it. They should have treated Lebanon as a separate country, which it basically is, ...

25 Jan 2010

Iran’s Private Army Digs in for a Wider Lebanon War

the scope of the problem to include those two countries, but having it would ...

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