Syria and the Crumbling Region: A Look at Lebanon

July 17, 2013

Fault lines from Syria are now very much apparent in Lebanon.  With the conflict in Syria now well into its third year, it is important to take stock of some of the broader trends that are being driven by this unfolding tragedy in the Middle East. An informed understanding of the situation in...

Hezbollah After Syria

July 11, 2013

The Syrian conflict has permanently altered the character and geography of Hezbollah. Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syrian Civil War has forever changed the character of the organization. Once rooted in lifting the Shi’a of Lebanon to their rightful place in the Lebanese political...

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...