Should Hezbollah Be Disarmed?

July 09, 2020

Amid Lebanon’s ongoing anti-government protests, various demonstrators have held signs demanding “No weapons but legal weapons. 1559, make it happen.” This is a clear reference to Hezbollah, a hybrid organization, political party, social movement and a regional player with global...

How Lebanon’s “WhatsApp Revolution” Affects Hezbollah

December 05, 2019

The Islamic Republic of Iran has invested heavily in Lebanon’s Hezbollah for many years. Considered the world’s most powerful non-state actor, Hezbollah has played a key role in Tehran’s foreign policy in the Arab region.

Argentina Designates Hezbollah a Terrorist Group

August 13, 2019

In July 2019, Argentina designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization, accusing the Lebanese Shia group of deadly attacks against the Israeli Embassy and a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in the 1990s.

Does Donald Trump Have a Middle East Strategy?

November 30, 2017

Can Trump's advisers persuade the president to think about long-term US policy goals in the Middle East instead of succumbing to impulsive decisions? The increase of US military personnel in the Middle East over recent months reflects President Donald Trump’s promises, as well as the fact...

The Moment of Truth for Lebanon’s Saad Hariri

November 15, 2017

Hariri’s risky resignation constitutes a Saudi-inspired bid to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East. The proof will be in the pudding when Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri returns home in the coming days to a country in which friend and foe have rallied around him and he clarifies...

A Master Plan for the Middle East

November 14, 2017

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on course to putting the Iranian genie back in its bottle and asserting Saudi leadership of the Arab nations. The way to make god laugh is to tell him your plans. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) master plan to save Saudi Arabia and Jared Kushner’s...