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In Depth: War, Middle East and Lebanon

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.
28 Feb 2012

Non-Interventionist David Rieff is Wrong on Syria

Especially after Libya, non-interventionists like David Rieff must do more than simply recall the failures of the Iraq War when considering Syria.
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 ...

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 ...

30 Jun 2013

Lebanon's Israel Syndrome

Lebanon is in important ways the least anti-Israel country in the Arab ...

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 ...

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.
15 Feb 2011

A Sneak Preview of The Road to Fatima Gate

of all places, an Arabic-speaking country. Bashar al-Assad and his ruthless ...

24 Jan 2007

Tough Times Ahead for Nasrallah

that would be a bridge too far. And there was no way the rest of the country ...

6 Jun 2012

Lebanon Fights Itself (Again)

fighting between sectarian militias in a country like Lebanon transition from ...

7 Nov 2011

Sixty Two Days

a nuclear-armed Iran would put all those countries in even greater danger than ...

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.
5 May 2011

An American in the Paris of the Middle East

Square to demand the removal of the country’s Syrian overlords. The Syrians ...

19 Apr 2011

Here’s Another Print Interview

satellite state inside the country. “Martyrs” killed in battle with Israel ...

14 May 2013

Why the Syrian War Could Last Ten Years

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

4 Apr 2011

Release Date

booksellers across the country, and of course Amazon.com has a virtually ...

12 Mar 2011

What if Qaddafi Wins?

And there are certainly countries where the West has more national interests at stake, ...

27 Oct 2006

Iraq the Movie — To Be Filmed in Beirut?

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

10 Mar 2013

The North is Ready to Blow

Lebanon always seems ready to erupt in violence, but with the civil war in neighboring Syria raging on, conflict seems even closer.
7 Feb 2013

Shooting at the Neighbors

in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli , the second largest in the country ...

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 ...

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 ...

19 Jun 2013

Syria's Fight to the Death

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

29 Jul 2006

Al Qaeda Heading to Lebanon – And Why Israel Needs to Help Reconstruct Lebanon

is conditional…Assistance to rebuild a devastated country is a wise choice. Okay then, ...

19 Jul 2006

What the World Needs Now

weapons and troops from countries like France, Russia, India and China ...

10 Jun 2013

Hezbollah's Vietnam

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

10 Jun 2006

Lebanese-Israeli Dialogue

countries should be recovered by their own governments, would you not agree? Would you not agree that Lebanon, as a small country, should relatively ...

9 Apr 2011

Eleven Questions

existence as an Iranian army inside the country, we have little choice ...

1 Jan 2006

Iraq is Not the First Arab Democracy

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

9 Aug 2009

Where the Middle East Fights Its Wars

Yasser Arafat and the PLO used the country as a terrorist base and set up ...

10 May 2009

Lebanon Before the Collapse

the stability of the country while, day to day, mouthing all kinds of insane stuff ...

9 Mar 2012

Hezbollah's Relentless Rage

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

10 Jan 2009

Publishing Schedule

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

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.
24 Aug 2010

The Perfect Iranian Storm on the Horizon

also interesting how that part of the country interacts with the rest ...

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.
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, ...

29 Jul 2006

Grim Days Ahead

apparatus in this country, and we can reach any of those people who ...

14 Jul 2006

Comments are Closed, and Some Clarifications – UPDATED BELOW

Hezbollahland as a country, which it basically is, and attacked it. They should have treated Lebanon as a separate country, which it basically is, ...

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 ...

28 Aug 2010

Life on the Edge

but the feeling is similar in each country, and it’s even stronger in Lebanon than ...

1 Oct 2005

Bashir

is the national sport here.) Bashir Gemayel is a real lightning rod in this country ...

27 Jun 2010

The Ghosts of Martyrs Square

wanted to write a book about his country for years, and he finally did ...

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