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In Depth: Diplomacy, Middle East and Lebanon

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.

1 Jul 2010

The Broken Link: What Peace Won't Fix

New Republic correspondent and World Affairs blogger James Kirchick argues against the folly of linkage—i.e., the assumption that fixing the peace process will somehow cure all of the Middle East's other ailments.
2 Jun 2011

Interesting if True

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

26 Oct 2008

Lebanon’s Enemy Within

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

26 Nov 2011

Winds of Change in the Levant

more than 2,000 pounds and changed the direction of that country ...

10 Dec 2006

Deal or no deal?

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

23 Oct 2006

Berri Crosses Lebanon’s Red Line

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

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 ...

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.
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.
24 Jan 2011

Lebanon Is Lost

that “Lebanon is an independent country,” but he’s too late. Lebanon isn’t Gaza ...

21 Dec 2009

Assad Returns as the Strong Horse

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

20 Sep 2012

The Terrorist's Veto

on paper. The country was theoretically free. But free speech ...

13 Dec 2012

Notes on the Syrian Revolution from Marrakech

to settle with the rest of the country. It won't be pretty. * Morocco ...

15 Oct 2005

New Comments Policy

It is a pleasure meeting most people in this country. Everything is peachy here now ...

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 ...