Situation Report

FP’s Situation Report: U.N. plans to address the Islamic State and Ebola; Freed hostages may not change Turkey’s calculus; A bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan is in reach; and a bit more.

By Kate Brannen with Nathaniel Sobel Driving the week are a series of high-level meetings at the United Nations, including President Barack Obama's annual address ...


Israeli Jets Bomb Syria-Lebanon Border … Wait, What Border?

On Monday, Lebanese media reported that Israeli warplanes bombed a target near the town of Nabi Sheet, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley along the border with ...

The South Asia Channel

The Legacy of La Taverna’s Kamel Hammade

Kamel Hammade was an exceptional man. Since our first meeting in December 2006, I was enamored by his warm mannerisms, his infectious enthusiasm to contribute ...


Call Off the Sainthood of Ariel Sharon

During Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, all of us living in besieged West Beirut were aware that the Israeli military was seeking to eliminate the ...

The Middle East Channel

Syria’s New Rebel Front

A new and dangerous front appears to have opened in Syria. Since early January 3, members of three militant fronts -- the largely nationalist Syrian ...


Why Hezbollah’s New Missiles Are a Problem for Israel

Israeli defense officials have eyed the nearly three-year Syrian civil war warily, concerned that a faltering Assad regime may try to offload some of its ...


Beirut’s Perfect Storm

As the conflict in Syria spills across the border into Lebanon, sectarian violence there has risen to levels unseen in recent years. A car bomb ...

The Middle East Channel

Lebanese Salafis amidst Syria’s war

One recent cool and sunny afternoon in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, Sheikh Bilal Baroudi, a Sunni Salafist cleric, showed me the charred remains of ...

The Cable

U.S. Intel Eyes New Threat: al Qaeda in Lebanon

BEIRUT — Lebanon celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence today with a parade of marching soldiers, sword-wielding cavalrymen, and camouflage green tanks in downtown Beirut. ...

Kim Jong Un Could Use a Handshake, Too

Kim Jong Un Could Use a Handshake, Too

Now the Hard Work Begins

Now the Hard Work Begins

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