• Commentary

    Lebanon's New Status Quo

    Lebanon is not likely to know real stability until the Lebanese state is able to integrate or dominate non-state militias, and until some of the raging confrontations in Lebanon’s immediate environment are calmed.

    • Commentary

    Alliance in Question

    Following Hizbullah's muscle flexing in Beirut, questions abound as to the relation between Al-Hariri and radical Salafist backers, writes Carnegie's Omayma Abdel-Latif.

    • Research

    Hope in the Levant

    The simultaneous announcement of an agreement between government and opposition in Lebanon and of the start of indirect talks between Israel and Syria in Turkey might be the best news to come out of that troubled region for a long time. While the United States favored neither position, these two developments may have a positive influence on the region.

    • Multimedia

    Lebanon Takes Steps to End Political Stalemate

    The pro-western government in Lebanon has struck a deal with the opposition, 18 months after the Hezbollah led-leadership resigned from the cabinet. Paul Salem, the director of the Carnegie Endowment's Middle East Center in Beruit, talks with Michele Norris about key parts of the deal.

    • Commentary

    Syrian/Israeli Peace Talks and Political Deal in Lebanon: Teleconference with Carnegie Experts

    With recent news of a political agreement for Lebanon and Syrian-Israeli peace talks, Carnegie Middle East experts Marina Ottaway and Paul Salem provide a briefing on the latest developments in the region.

    • Commentary

    Lebanon and the Middle East Peace Process: Teleconference with Carnegie Experts

    Carnegie Middle East experts provide a briefing on the situation in Lebanon and the Middle East Peace Process.

    • Research

    Hizbollah Attempts a Coup d’État

    Lebanon’s prolonged political crisis erupted in violence last week following the dismissal by the Lebanese government of an official close to Hizbollah and the launch an investigation into the organization’s telecommunications network. Contrary to a similar escalation in December 2006, Iran has not interceded to halt the violence.

    • Research

    What big picture?

    The common idea that every regional contest is succinctly played out in Lebanon is false. The Middle East is not a struggle between two invincible powers. It is rather a scene in which a troubled superpower and a hobbled regional power try to find their bearings in passageways cluttered with various Arab and non-Arab agendas.

    • Commentary

    The Way to Exit from Lebanon's Morass

    Clouds of war hover over Lebanon. The country is adrift without a president and with a contested government as well as a Parliament whose doors have been closed since late 2006. Tensions between rival groups spill over regularly into street clashes amid news that they are arming and training.

    • Event

    The New Middle East

    Confrontational U.S. policy that tried to create a “New Middle East,” but ignored the realities of the region has instead exacerbated existing conflicts and created new problems.

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