Bluster and Blowback in Beirut

January 04, 2014

Blowback from hardline Sunnis in Lebanon may become a long-term challenge for Hezbollah. The assassination of senior Hezbollah commander Hassan al-Laqis in early December, coming on the heels of the recent attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, marked the latest in a series of...

Hezbollah’s Deeper Involvement in the Battle for Syria

June 28, 2013

The trauma suffered by Nubul and al-Zahraa residents is becoming a rallying cry for pro-Hezbollah Lebanese.  The question of Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian Civil War has become more intense following...

Lebanese Salafist Cleric Organizes Militia Forays into Syria

May 30, 2013

Chris Zambelis analyzes the recent decision of Lebanese Salafist cleric Shaykh Ahmad al-Assir to mobilize an armed militia to join the uprising in Syria and its implications for Lebanon. The role of Al-Assir, who singles out Hezbollah and Iran as malicious and hegemonic forces, has to be understood...

National Unity is the Solution to Lebanon’s Refugee Crisis

May 24, 2013

As Syria’s civil war rages on, thousands of refugees flee daily to Lebanon. The Lebanese state needs to focus on national unity to avoid further political instability.  By the end of 2013, Lebanon estimates that there will be a staggering 1.2 million Syrian refugees within its borders, in...

The Counter-Insurgency Role of Syria’s “Popular Committees”

May 09, 2013

Popular Committees, neighborhood defense organizations mobilized to protect pro-government or politically neutral neighborhoods in Syria’s most restive regions, are evolving into locally cohesive divisions of a “National Defense Army.” They have the capacity to present a great...