Tag: Chris Zambelis

Iraq: Sectarianism, Oil and the War in Syria (Part 1/2)

Iraq: Sectarianism, Oil and the War in Syria (Part 1/2)

Maliki treats the breakdown of order in Iraq as a challenge to his rule. Iraq has certainly experienced a turbulent decade. The US-led invasion in 2003 which culminated in the ouster of long-time ruler Saddam Hussein was a game-changer in Iraq's history. Subsequent efforts by the Coalition...

Post-Uprising Arms Proliferation is Destabilizing the Middle East

Post-Uprising Arms Proliferation is Destabilizing the Middle East

Arms proliferation is further destabilizing the Middle East and North Africa. In recent years, as order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eroded between uprisings and armed conflicts, the desire for arms amongst a wide range of actors became one more destabilizing factor in the...

Lebanese Salafist Cleric Organizes Militia Forays into Syria

Lebanese Salafist Cleric Organizes Militia Forays into Syria

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...

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