Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa.
Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun’s efforts to salvage what remains of his calamitous mandate are having less and less of an impact on the political situation in Lebanon.
If Hezbollah’s critics should do anything, it is to collectively support Mr Aoun’s calls for a dialogue over a national defence strategy, and insist it begin as soon as possible. Hezbollah made it clear after the president’s speech that now was not the time to discuss this.
Local Lebanese politicians are incapable or unwilling to come together to reform the country, to reform its institutions, to reform its politics and its economy. But I would put it in bigger terms and say that they're unwilling to do anything that would undermine their own grip on power
For weeks now, Lebanon’s cabinet has failed to meet, showing once again how politics remains far more important to the country’s leaders than urgent economic revitalization.
France’s intervention in Lebanon has not been without error, but its rejection of maximalism is a blessing.
An Islamic State revival in Lebanon would come at the worst time for the military and security institutions.
In an interview, Rémi Brulin discusses the term “terrorism,” and looks back at an Israeli bombing campaign in Lebanon.
Saad al-Hariri may not run in Lebanon’s next elections, but writing him off may be hasty.
By encouraging outside powers to have a stake in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s foes may create spaces to contain Iran.