Alexander Corbeil is a lead analyst with The SecDev Group, focusing on the Syrian conflict and its impact on the Middle East and North Africa.
Alexander Corbeil is a lead analyst with The SecDev Group, focusing on the Syrian conflict and its impact on the Middle East and North Africa. He also blogs for the Foreign Policy Association's Islamic Awakening section and appears regularly on CTV National News, Canada's largest private broadcaster. His research focuses on authoritarianism in the Arab world, radicalization, sectarianism, conflict dynamics and management, and transitions to democracy. His work has been featured by the Atlantic Council, The Daily Star, Atlantic Voices, Strategic Insight, and The Globe and Mail. Alexander Corbeil holds an MA in Political Science and a BA in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Political Science from the University of Toronto. He has also studied conflict management at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In a political system without winners, Hezbollah is focusing on making small gains in the May 6 election.
Hezbollah’s branding of its Arsal offensive as a victory for all Lebanese further undermines the Lebanese state as a political and security actor.
Hezbollah and Russia have enjoyed close cooperation in Syria, but their military successes could undermine Hezbollah’s hopes of playing a major role in the country post-conflict.
Working side-by-side with Russian officers in Syria is sure to improve Hezbollah’s offensive fighting capabilities.
Heightened tensions in Tripoli are prompting new measures meant to allay Sunni concerns, but these will not work unless the root causes of discontent are addressed.
The return of Shia fighters to Iraq has left Hezbollah overstretched in Syria and vulnerable at home.
The need to improve internal Lebanese security may not be enough to encourage MPs to agree upon a consensus candidate for the presidency.
Syria’s nearly three-year-old civil war has emboldened radical Salafis in Lebanon, creating an opening for Syrian jihadis to export their conflict.
With Syrian rebel groups promising more attacks against Hezbollah in Lebanon, will domestic pressure eventually cause the Party of God to limit its aims in Syria?