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In Depth: Politics, Middle East and Lebanon

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 ...

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.
18 Mar 2012

The Great Ideological Battleground, Redux

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

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 ...

16 Sep 2014

American Conservatives Find Common Cause with Israel

American conservatives are more pro-Israel than ever, but not for religious reasons: They see Western civilization under assault from radical Islam, just as they once saw it threatened by Communism.
22 Feb 2012

Libya, One Year Later

Seeing Libya as a collection of distinct societies might help Westerners better understand its challenges going forward.
3 Jan 2007

Interviewed by Hugh Hewitt

they can get it is to be the only political party in the country that has ...

14 Nov 2010

Lebanon Is Getting Ready to Blow

Lebanon is in serious danger of coming apart. And the country tends ...

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 ...

27 Feb 2007

Seymour Hersh Botches Lebanon (and Egypt)

Michael J. Totten's blog Lebanon is the most complicated country I have been to by far. Lebanese politics are as complex and bewildering as any you will find anywhere — and that’s doubly true when you add ...

27 Oct 2006

Iraq the Movie — To Be Filmed in Beirut?

of humor in that country.) Middle East Lebanon Iraq Hezbollah Violence ...

24 Oct 2006

Argentina (Finally) Charges Iran and Hezbollah

Hezbollah foreign security service chief, Imad Fayez Moughnieh. In a country ...

10 Jun 2013

Hezbollah's Vietnam

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

9 Mar 2012

Hezbollah's Relentless Rage

but they’ve never come close to threatening the country’s existence. ...

25 Apr 2009

Eurasia’s Shatter Zones

together a country with no natural borders that seethes with ethnic ...

2 Jan 2012

Strong Horse, Weak Horse

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

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 ...

24 Jun 2013

Hezbollah's Disneyland

Hezbollah has buit a museum-theme park atop a mountain in Lebanon dedicated to its "victorious" exploits against Israel. Conspicuously missing from this propaganda playland however are the terror group's monstrous attacks against civilians.
8 Nov 2006

An Argument with Hezbollah

against America. I have lived in many countriescountries that would fall under the categorization of “the west” and “the first world”, countries ...

23 Jul 2012

Assad Delenda Est

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

17 Jan 2011

A Storm Warning for Lebanon

but I have my doubts that Lebanon can hold it together. The country might ...

21 Dec 2009

Assad Returns as the Strong Horse

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

20 Jun 2005

Yet Another Syrian Assasination in Lebanon

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

5 Mar 2005

Syria Shudders

and outside the country. Marc Cooper found an outstanding blog by Ammar ...

7 Dec 2009

The Calm Before the Storm?

powerful country, whose destabilization, whether we like it or not, only ...

3 Apr 2011

The Remaining Thugs

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

13 Jul 2009

A Smoldering Disaffection with the President’s Policy

hectoring–Israel’s leaders. It is, after all, they whose country is the target ...

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.
5 Dec 2006

How not to run for president of Lebanon

the shots in the country. Tony concludes: As such, Aoun is but the latest ...

1 Aug 2006

Instalinks

“LEBANON IS A FINAL COUNTRY FOR ALL ITS CHILDREN”: Robert Rabil says a fresh ...

18 Jan 2007

The Blitzing of Haret Hreik

a suicide-bomb belt around the waist of the country. But that would mean siding ...

21 Jan 2010

The Middle East Has Always Been Hard

Bashar Assad’s overlordship in his country began, “but this process ...

8 Aug 2012

"A Writhing Ghost of a Would-Be Nation"

Syrians gave democracy a shot after the French left, but the country became ...

15 Oct 2005

New Comments Policy

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

11 Sep 2005

From Portland to Beirut — and Beyond

Hardly anyone I know of has blogged from so many different countries ...

7 Sep 2009

The Warlord in His Castle

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

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 ...

28 Dec 2006

Hezbollah’s Christian Allies

in a country where every group is a minority and none are allowed to bully ...

21 Nov 2006

The Stage is Set – Updated

in Lebanon have infiltrated the country and are leading combat units ...

13 May 2009

Brace for a Hezbollah Victory

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

8 Jan 2011

The Israeli Way of War

is conducted appropriately. I want to live in a country where there is an address ...

12 Feb 2007

The Fiercest Liberal in Lebanon

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

11 May 2008

Jumblatt’s Men Set Back Iran’s Militia in Lebanon

the rest of the country suggest that Hezbollah’s “rout” is illusory. Tony ...

30 Jun 2006

Moderate Islamists Found

is a powerful country, but it’s still just one country. Americans are flawed ...

8 Apr 2004

Iranian Proxy War

border crossings along the 900-mile frontier with that country. Tehran has, ...

4 Jan 2007

“It’s Like a Phish Concert for Terrorists”

visit foreign countries and file these dispatches without your assistance. ...