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In Depth: Middle East, Bashar Assad and Lebanon

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.
3 Jul 2014

Can Hezbollah Sustain Assad and Itself?

With the fighting in Iraq drawing large numbers of skilled Shia militiamen back home, Hezbollah might be forced to send even more aid to the Assad regime, weakening security at home.
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 ...

14 May 2013

Farce: Iran Assumes Presidency of UN Disarmament Group

Iran, the world's premier proliferator and terror sponsor, will soon preside over the UN’s Conference on Disarmament — a move that further stretches the UN's credibility. Canada and the US protest.
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 ...

10 Apr 2012

The Lost City

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

19 May 2013

How to Become a Dictator

Bashar al-Assad has kept an iron grip on power, like his father Hafez, by perpetuating his mythic profile as Syria's indispensable ruler, without whom the country would undoubtedly descend into the abyss of sectarian war and ethnic cleansing.
10 Dec 2006

Deal or no deal?

for Damascus could very well be Damascus being told to quit using the country ...

14 May 2013

Why the Syrian War Could Last Ten Years

most of inland Syria — the flat, dry country where the Sunni dominate. ...

19 Jun 2013

Syria's Fight to the Death

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

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 2013

Hezbollah's Vietnam

in the 1980s and 1990. And “Vietnam” (the metaphor, not the country) is supposed ...

2 Jan 2012

Strong Horse, Weak Horse

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

30 Aug 2012

Syria's War Spills Into Lebanon

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

23 Jul 2012

Assad Delenda Est

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

14 May 2013

Farce: Iran Assumes Presidency of UN Disarmament Group

Iran, the world's premier proliferator and terror sponsor, will soon preside over the UN’s Conference on Disarmament — a move that further stretches the UN's credibility. Canada and the US protest.
21 Dec 2009

Assad Returns as the Strong Horse

to Damascus, everyone in the country, aside from useless newswire reporters, ...

9 Oct 2011

Assad Really Does Need to Go

with the rest of Lebanon’s militias when it conquered the country at the end ...

3 Apr 2011

The Remaining Thugs

demonstrations than any Arab country by far, and has been producing them since ...

15 Dec 2006

Kerry: Syria has “needs”

about our differences with these countries … and nothing in the discussion ...

8 Feb 2008

Assad Suckers Obama

is an important country in the Middle East. The US cannot watch while Lebanon’s ...

4 Aug 2013

Hezbollah Plays the Israel Card

Hezbollah has always used the specter of enemy Israel to paper over the dangerous rift between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Now locked in the fight of its life in Syria, Hezbollah needs the Israel card more than ever.
23 Apr 2005

Goodbye, Syria

and effectively ending 29 years of military presence in the country. A few score ...

4 Dec 2005

What to do about Syria

position. The regime is not under imminent threat. Even if other countries ...

23 Mar 2010

The Innocents Pack for Damascus

Assad, “understands that his country’s long-term interests … are not well ...

2 Oct 2005

Martyrs

that this Middle Eastern country was not like the others. The likes of Moammar ...

1 Jan 2006

Former Syrian Vice President Fingers Assad

that country has. Middle East Europe and Central Asia Lebanon France Syria UAE ...

12 Feb 2007

The Fiercest Liberal in Lebanon

solidly pro-American and staunchly anti-Syrian group in the country ...

4 Nov 2006

Darkness Everywhere

if his troops were forced out the country. A wave of car bombs, ...