Our Top Weekend Reads
Why partition may be the only solution to Lebanon’s woes, what the bestselling book “Caste” ignores about India’s caste structure, and Britain’s distraction from its real economic problems.
Partition Is the Only Solution to Lebanon’s Woes
Hezbollah’s dominance has deprived non-Shiite Lebanese of a voice in their own country. It is time to reconsider a century of consociational democracy and return to a form of federalism.
Lebanon Is Paralyzed by Fear of Another Civil War
Sectarian tensions are nearing the boiling point—and what happens next is up to Hezbollah.
Hezbollah Still Has a Knife at Lebanon’s Throat After Hariri Verdict
A confused tribunal process is a step toward justice in a case that has haunted the country for years.
A Verdict That Pleases No One in Lebanon
A U.N.-backed tribunal convicts one Hezbollah member in the Hariri murder but fails to determine who ordered it.
Will Lebanon Rise From the Ashes?
After decades of living in denial, the country has hit rock bottom—but glimmers of a brighter future are starting to emerge.
Lebanon Needs Transformation, Not Another Corrupt Unity Government
If the United States lets France take the lead, the Lebanese people will get more political paralysis, cosmetic reforms, and Hezbollah control of state institutions.
Lebanon’s Government Has Resigned. That’s Not Nearly Enough.
The Lebanese public wants answers and accountability for last week’s port explosion—not scapegoats.
Thousands Injured in Giant Beirut Blast
Lebanon’s government says “highly explosive materials” were stored near blast scene.
The United States Is Pushing Lebanon Further Into Iran’s Embrace
The Lebanese economy is collapsing, and the risk of conflict is rising—but Washington has failed to grasp why Iranian influence is spreading or the measures needed to stop it.
After the Coronavirus, Terrorism Won’t Be the Same
As big-government initiatives expand and leaders deflect blame, anti-establishment groups, angry Luddites, and China-haters could turn to violence.
Hezbollah Prepares for Its Next War: Against the Coronavirus
The militant group seeks to gain an edge on other parties in responding in Lebanon.
Lebanon’s Halloween Government
Protesters are right—the extent to which the country’s new cabinet brings it closer to Iran is spooky.
Iran’s Proxy Threat Is the Real Problem Now
Iran may call it a day after its token strike at U.S. forces in Iraq—but will its proxy forces?
Hezbollah’s Moment of Truth
The group’s leader has promised bloody retribution for Suleimani’s death. In reality, he’ll probably have to focus on rebuilding Hezbollah’s standing.
Untouchable No More: Hezbollah’s Fading Reputation
As Hezbollah sides with Lebanon's political elite, protesters in Beirut are increasingly willing to criticize it.
To the Barricades in Beirut
Lebanese protesters are reappropriating roadblocks—long a mark of civil war-era division—as a symbol of unity.
Washington Should Back, Not Punish, the Lebanese Military
With ongoing protests, potential sectarian clashes, and threats of terrorism in the region looming, the country’s armed forces need propping up now more than ever.
Hezbollah’s Old Tricks Won’t Work in Lebanon
The Shiite group has to decide whether it is a resistance movement or part of the establishment.