Saad Hariri’s attempt to split the March 8 alliance by endorsing Sleiman Frangieh for president has instead divided March 14 and complicated Lebanon’s search for a president.
Lebanon’s government is betting that a new waste plan and a national dialogue to elect a president will end ongoing protests by the “You Stink” movement.
Amid rising terror threats, meaningful security sector reform risks being delayed indefinitely.
Free Patriotic Movement protests are just the latest of Michel Aoun’s tactics to secure the presidency and empower his party.
New rules restricting the entry of Syrians into Lebanon are only a stopgap measure in the government’s effort to curb and ultimately control the refugee population.
The inability of the Lebanese state to figure out where Arsal stands has made public and state perceptions increasingly hostile toward the town.
Lebanon has so far avoided an economic and security collapse since the start of the Syrian crisis, but major challenges remain.
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.
Fears of a potential shift in Lebanon’s confessional balance are driving power brokers to enact harsher restrictions on incoming Syrian refugees.
The return of Shia fighters to Iraq has left Hezbollah overstretched in Syria and vulnerable at home.
Lebanon will be unable to maintain its precarious confessional balance in the long term if the army is seen as growing closer to Hezbollah.
Despite its weak and fragmented state, Lebanon has had evident success against al-Qaeda, though it may be too soon to declare “mission accomplished.”
The need to improve internal Lebanese security may not be enough to encourage MPs to agree upon a consensus candidate for the presidency.
Despite their interest in preventing another all-out war, Israel’s and Hezbollah’s tit-for-tat actions could lead to an undesirable escalation.
The Mleeta museum, meant to glorify Hezbollah’s past successes, has come to highlight the party’s current isolation.
Syria’s nearly three-year-old civil war has emboldened radical Salafis in Lebanon, creating an opening for Syrian jihadis to export their conflict.
Regional Shia support for the Assad regime is more geopolitical than religious in nature.
Lebanon’s leaders are undermining its institutions and dragging the country faster into the Syrian 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?
The Syrian crisis has revealed the far-reaching and fundamental disagreements among Lebanon’s Christian parties.