• Sada - Analysis

    After the Lebanese Parliamentary Elections

    Whichever bloc wins in upcoming parliamentary elections, the trend of growing Hizballah power is likely to continue.

    • Research

    Whoever Wins This Week's Elections, Lebanon Needs a Coalition Government

    Lebanon faces critical parliamentary elections on June 7 between the pro-western March 14 coalition and the March 8 coalition led by Hezbollah. Whatever majority might be gained by either side will be very slim.

    • Commentary

    Au Revoir Justice

    The decision made by the Special Tribunal for the Lebanon Court to release four generals held by the Lebanese authorities since August 2005 without trial has increasingly exacerbated political polarisation in the country one month away from parliamentary elections.

    • Commentary

    Caught in Two Minds

    The Muslim Brotherhood's reaction to the Hizbullah controversy reveals that until now the movement is split in its strategic outlook between two opposing political directions.

    • Commentary

    Who Courting Whom?

    Britain's policy change towards Hizbullah is a step in the right direction. Preconditions from Beirut should not be laid down.

    • Commentary

    A Tale of Two Expectations

    Major upcoming elections in Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and, perhaps, Palestine, could alter the balances of power in these countries. Because each is at the heart of various arenas of conflict in the Middle East, 2009 could witness a series of political jolts in region.

    • Research

    European Conflict Management in the Middle East: Toward a More Effective Approach

    For the EU to be an effective player in the Middle East, it should seek an efficient division of labor with the United States and pursue greater political engagement in the Palestinian territories, Syria, and Lebanon.

    • Commentary

    The Logic of Syrian-Israeli Peace

    The possibility of peace between Syria and Israel in 2009 is a serious one. Both countries have a strategic interest in peace, and have been pursuing indirect negotiations under Turkish auspices for a year.

    • Commentary

    Diplomacy in the Middle East: Arab Allies Push Their Own Agendas

    Arab regimes that have long been friendly to the United States are increasingly reluctant to follow Washington’s lead on any issue. They are not enemies of the United States, but they are not faithful allies, either. Rather, they follow the policies they believe best protect their interests, regardless of what the United States wants.

    • Event

    The EU and Conflict in the Middle East

    The situation in the Middle East is set to deteriorate. The European policy community assessed past European action in the region, lessons learnt, and a future strategy.

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