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In Depth: Elections, Middle East and Lebanon

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 ...

22 Feb 2012

Libya, One Year Later

Seeing Libya as a collection of distinct societies might help Westerners better understand its challenges going forward.
26 Oct 2008

Lebanon’s Enemy Within

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

4 Apr 2005

Help Support Democracy in the Middle East

those who live in a beautiful, diverse, and sophisticated country fight ...

9 Jan 2010

From Baghdad to Beirut

be that it becomes a more backward version of Lebanon. The two countries share encouraging traits that neither has in common with any other country in the Arab ...

10 Apr 2012

The Lost City

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

7 Oct 2005

Palestinians and Weapons Smuggled Into Lebanon

of this country’s sovereignty. The Daily Star also reports that Parliament has ...

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.

1 Jan 2006

Iraq is Not the First Arab Democracy

and the car bombs that have shaken the country since February. I have ...

10 Jan 2009

Publishing Schedule

in the Middle East right now, and nothing I have from the other countries ...

24 Oct 2011

Tunisia Votes

Michael J. Totten's blog Tunisia, the first Arab country both I and the “Arab Spring” visited, successfully held what looks like a free and fair election. This doesn’t surprise me. The Islamist party has reportedly done ...

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.
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.
24 Jan 2011

Hezbollah is Nearing its Apogee

the country is not merely a state sponsor of terror, but is an actual terrorist ...

6 Feb 2007

On the Top Floor of Lebanon’s Civil Society

was seen all over the country back then, and it’s still all over the country ...

20 Jun 2005

Yet Another Syrian Assasination in Lebanon

a normal democratic country until the Baath Party is out of power in Syria. ...

6 May 2007

“Better a Thousand Israeli Invasions…”

countries, especially not for weak countries divided against themselves. ...

2 Jun 2009

Advice for Barack Obama from Lebanon

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

22 May 2005

The Post Blows It

taxi to Hezbollah country. The emerald city of downtown Beirut, with its ...

13 Oct 2009

Hezbollah Isn’t a Model for Afghanistan

with the country next door and violently assaults its own capital. It’s also a global ...

13 May 2009

Brace for a Hezbollah Victory

Politics are much more complicated in Lebanon. The country is so ...

11 May 2006

The Palestinians of 1948

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

4 Nov 2006

Darkness Everywhere

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

2 Mar 2005

Catastrophe Theory and War

who live in those countries. I’m not saying we don’t deserve some ...