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In Depth: Middle East and Lebanon

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 ...

18 Mar 2012

The Great Ideological Battleground, Redux

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

1 Feb 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

these countries have in common with each other is that they’re in turmoil ...

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 ...

26 May 2006

Ghosts

the country to pieces. But they aren’t the only disgruntled Arabs around. Check ...

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.
14 Aug 2013

Exodus

the country's largest Christian community. Along the way, Mr. Tadros offers ...

2 Jun 2011

Interesting if True

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

30 Jun 2013

Lebanon's Israel Syndrome

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

22 Feb 2012

Libya, One Year Later

Seeing Libya as a collection of distinct societies might help Westerners better understand its challenges going forward.
7 Jun 2013

Is the Sunni Saudi Kingdom Next?

While Syria’s neighbors are nervous about the war spilling into their own countries, Saudi Arabia's leaders fear that the Saudi jihadists now fighting in Syria will bring their training home to overthrow the kingdom.
18 Nov 2006

Thought for the Day

Unlike most of us, Josey Wales grew up in a country that was blown up ...

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 ...

4 Feb 2010

Israel Threatens Assad with Regime Change

in the Middle East anyway. Not a single Arab country — unless you consider Gaza ...

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 ...

12 Nov 2010

Odds and Ends

startling and overwhelming it is to visit an Arab country—in this case ...

19 Feb 2013

Free Syrian Army Threatens Hezbollah in Lebanon

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

12 Oct 2005

I Am Not a Spy

stupid. After that it’s offensive. After that it makes your country look ...

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.
29 May 2006

What Now?

which is dumb. If you’re going to blame a country for the behavior ...

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, ...

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 ...

3 May 2005

Dislocated

at the newspaper and think: Iraq looks like a country that has some serious problems. ...

3 Jun 2005

Remembering Samir Kassir

and his country. UPDATE: See Michael Young’s obit for Samir in Reason ...

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 ...

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 Dec 2006

Hizbullah holding Lebanese economy hostage

Hariri’s reconstruction crown. According to Karam, the country’s economy ...

6 Jun 2012

Lebanon Fights Itself (Again)

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

10 Apr 2012

The Lost City

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

26 Nov 2011

Winds of Change in the Levant

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

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.
3 Jul 2013

Armed Forces Control Egypt

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

10 Dec 2006

Deal or no deal?

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

16 May 2011

Don’t Even Try Defecting to Lebanon

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

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 ...

4 Apr 2011

Release Date

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

14 May 2013

Why the Syrian War Could Last Ten Years

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

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 ...

12 Mar 2011

What if Qaddafi Wins?

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

25 Jul 2006

Lebanon’s Premature Liberalism

thought war could engulf the whole country, and not just the border, in one day with no warning? I kept my eye on the country, even so, because ...

26 Nov 2006

Welcome Abu Kais

from South Lebanon, from Hezbollah country. He is not, however, even ...

22 Nov 2006

March 14 Wins the Day

Independence Day to Lebanon. UPDATE: Just a thought here…How different a country ...

27 Oct 2006

Iraq the Movie — To Be Filmed in Beirut?

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

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