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...

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...

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...