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In Depth: Middle East, Libya and Lebanon

19 Sep 2016

Unstable, Unruly, and Reprobate: The Middle East Today

Tehran and Riyadh compete to expand their regional influence by maneuvering troops, funds, and surrogates in the midst of war, faltering economies, ethno-sectarian tension, jihad, and refugees.
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.
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.
28 Feb 2012

Non-Interventionist David Rieff is Wrong on Syria

Especially after Libya, non-interventionists like David Rieff must do more than simply recall the failures of the Iraq War when considering Syria.
18 Mar 2012

The Great Ideological Battleground, Redux

I've seen so far, my initial analysis seems sound. This country is more ...

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 ...

22 Feb 2012

Libya, One Year Later

Seeing Libya as a collection of distinct societies might help Westerners better understand its challenges going forward.
24 Mar 2013

Lebanon's Pro-Hezbollah Government Collapses

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati was selected by Hezbollah, but he turned out not to be the ally they envisioned. Now that he has resigned, leaving the country without a government, Lebanon seems increasingly closer to collapse.
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 ...

6 Jun 2012

Lebanon Fights Itself (Again)

fighting between sectarian militias in a country like Lebanon transition from ...

10 Apr 2012

The Lost City

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

12 Mar 2011

What if Qaddafi Wins?

And there are certainly countries where the West has more national interests at stake, ...

10 Mar 2013

The North is Ready to Blow

Lebanon always seems ready to erupt in violence, but with the civil war in neighboring Syria raging on, conflict seems even closer.
7 Nov 2011

Unsteady Progress in Western Libya

Libyans try to keep calm despite frustrations as they wait for their economy, democracy, and daily life to slowly rebound.
30 Nov 2011

Libya’s Transition: Time to Get Real

The excitement of Libya's revolution has often belied how far behind the country truly is.
19 Jun 2013

Syria's Fight to the Death

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

1 Nov 2011

Arab Spring for Him, Arab Winter for Her

Arab Spring victories have slowly emerged in Libya and Tunisia. Just not for women.

22 Aug 2011

The Historic Implications of Qaddafi’s Downfall

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

29 Nov 2004

Home From Libya

I have a lot to say about the country, but you’ll have to wait a while ...

29 Mar 2011

Two Stories

important to refer readers to countries where the rebellions against dictators ...

13 Sep 2011

The Fracturing of Libya’s Rebels

splintering was inevitable after Qaddafi’s regime fell. No country in the world ...

12 Sep 2012

Reading the Benghazi Embassy Attack

A rocket attack in Libya has killed the US ambassador and others. But the killings are a sign of post-Qaddafi lawlessness and disorganization rather than inherent extremism in the country.
30 Aug 2012

Syria's War Spills Into Lebanon

but the two countries still function to an extent as a single political unit. ...

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.
1 Jun 2007

Al Qaeda in Lebanon – CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED

of all Arab countries. More than two thirds of the people who live ...

27 Mar 2013

Northern Lebanon Burning

Syria's civil war is spilling into Northern Lebanon, pitting Alawite and Sunni neighbors against one another as the Lebanese police look out for only one powerful constituent—Syria.
22 Mar 2011

Friends in High Places

Telegraph , worries that Islamic extremists in Britain will use the country ...

4 Feb 2006

Reactionaries

I have been giving this country for the past year was destroyed today ...

27 Nov 2004

Out of Libya

Michael J. Totten's blog I made it. I’m out of Libya and have moved on to a much more dangerous country – France. Think I’m kidding? It’s statisically possible I’ll be mugged here. And I spent much ...

7 Sep 2009

The Warlord in His Castle

the country they fled to as refugees. Egypt’s Coptic Christians are second class ...

29 Nov 2004

A Photo Tour of Libya

and desert adventure tour offices. But Libya is not a normal country ...

12 Apr 2004

Tripoli and Fallujah

I’ve never been to a country run by a lunatic. Neither has Shelly. ...

27 May 2007

Fatah Al Islam Threatens all of Lebanon

the United States. When the confused CNN anchor asked why — if neither country ...