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In Depth: Military, Middle East and Lebanon

1 May 2011

Lost in the Levant: Lebanon Reappraised

In The Ghosts of Martyrs Square, Beirut Daily Star editor Michael Young offers a timely and beautifully written accounting of Lebanon's struggle for stability amid political and religious diversity and extremism.
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 ...

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.
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 ...

31 Jul 2006

Democracies and War

personal affection for Lebanon, the country where I recently lived, the only country other than the US where I’ve ever lived, this is what anguishes me ...

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 ...

19 Feb 2013

Free Syrian Army Threatens Hezbollah in Lebanon

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

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.
27 Oct 2005

Rogue States

Turkish Cypriot half is a rogue state recognized by only one single country ...

11 Oct 2005

Syria’s Interior Minister “Kills Himself”

actually killed himself. This country is rife with conspiracy theories, ...

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 ...

10 Apr 2012

The Lost City

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

3 Jul 2013

Armed Forces Control Egypt

hooligans, and gang rapists. In other countries, such as Lebanon, Tunisia, ...

16 May 2011

Don’t Even Try Defecting to Lebanon

systems. The country very nearly recovered its sovereignty and reverted ...

14 May 2013

Why the Syrian War Could Last Ten Years

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

24 Aug 2006

Getting the Story

“you” being the media. Most foreign correspondents left the country after ...

7 Oct 2005

Palestinians and Weapons Smuggled Into Lebanon

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

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 ...

22 Feb 2010

Turkey's Day of Reckoning

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

9 Feb 2006

Back from Iraq

keeping their part of the country safe and secure. Now that I’m back I can ...

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 ...

16 May 2008

Lebanon’s Future

to fight for it, as their Lebanese counterparts are in their own country ...

30 Aug 2012

Syria's War Spills Into Lebanon

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

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

3 Jun 2006

Why Hezbollah Circles the Drain

reasserting themselves in the country. However, even Shias in Lebanon would ...

20 May 2010

Thursday Linkage

who wants to understand what has happened to that tortured country since ...

12 Dec 2004

Sick and Twisted

in the comments seems to think it’s okay to blame Jews in one country for the murder of a guy who “looks Jewish” in a different country. And precisely how many ...

1 Jun 2011

The Levantine Crucible

“We want to rebuild our country,” one tells Totten. “And that includes ...

14 Feb 2008

Obama Imitates Olmert

in Arabic countries can work. His surge of troops in Iraq is about a change ...

2 Dec 2006

Hizbullah leading Lebanon to civil war

Christian cover besieging their government and paralyzing the country. Unless ...

18 Oct 2011

In Egypt, with Liberals

country, but it certainly wasn’t totalitarian. For the most part, if people ...

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.
20 Sep 2012

The Terrorist's Veto

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

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.
6 May 2007

“Better a Thousand Israeli Invasions…”

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

23 Apr 2005

Goodbye, Syria

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

27 Nov 2006

NY Times: Hizbullah Training Mahdi Army

and mobilization levels reaching beyond the country,” said Hizbullah MP Mohammad Raad ...

27 Jan 2011

The Gathering Storm

Michael Zantovsky's blog As of last week, the Middle East is in turmoil. The old regime in Tunisia is gone; a new one has not quite taken its place. The game is up in Sudan, which will soon divide into two countries ...

21 Nov 2009

Terrorism’s Mask of Sanity

the country so dangerous for Westerners that the U.S. State Department ...

4 Dec 2005

What to do about Syria

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

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