Does Saad Hariri Really Believe He Can Save Lebanon?

October 23, 2020

My parents used to say, “Eat with your mouth and not your eyes.” This may be good advice for newly-minted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. He is clearly unable to resist trying once again to raise Lebanon from its deathbed, and this time the consequences may be more disastrous than just a...

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.

The Uprising in Lebanon

November 25, 2019

OK Lebanon, Now What?

October 29, 2019

Nationwide protests have been taking place in Lebanon since mid-October. I am blessed with knowing some very smart people in the country, from various backgrounds, who hold the ideal of Lebanon and its possibilities close to their hearts. So, in following recent events on social media and...

The Hummus War in the Middle East

May 30, 2018

Battles over the origin of foods have forced some countries to rewrite aspects of their history. Nothing in a swath of land stretching from the Atlantic coast of Africa to China is undisputed. Food is often emblematic of disputes over identity, history and political claims that underlie an arc...

The Magical, Mystery Tour of the Middle East

February 19, 2018

One of the many unique advantages America still has — if it chooses to exercise it — is its remarkable convening power. Reflecting on his predecessors’ Middle East efforts dating back to Henry Kissinger in the 1970s, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent tour of Middle East...

The Middle East Will Only Get Worse

November 08, 2017

Recent events risk an escalation in those countries in which Saudi Arabia and Iran are battling it out through proxies. As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, there are indications that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war is heating up....