What Democracy Will Fall Next?
Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.
Lebanon’s Banks Are Burning
The coronavirus curve is flat, but inflation is raging, and protesters are firebombing banks.
Can a Small Lebanese Town Become a Model for Conquering COVID-19?
The coronavirus hit Lebanon in the middle of an economic crisis. Unless the country can overcome rampant corruption and provide adequate social services, it won’t stop the pandemic.
Hezbollah Prepares for Its Next War: Against the Coronavirus
The militant group seeks to gain an edge on other parties in responding in Lebanon.
You Can’t Practice Social Distancing if You’re a Refugee
Around 70 million people are suffering displacement in crowded camps, awaiting the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cash-Strapped Lebanon Isn’t Ready for the Coronavirus
Grappling with economic and political turmoil, Lebanon’s government is underequipped for a public health emergency.
Lebanon Is Broken. So Are Its Protests.
The country’s protest movement knows what it’s against—but it never figured out how to achieve what it’s for.
What Really Happened to Carlos Ghosn?
Nissan just filed a lawsuit against its former CEO. Here’s why—and what could happen next.
Lebanon’s Halloween Government
Protesters are right—the extent to which the country’s new cabinet brings it closer to Iran is spooky.
Ghosn’s Flight Leaves CEOs Thinking Twice About Japan
A controversial case has put an unwelcome spotlight on the Japanese justice system.
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?
Big in Japan, ‘Le Cost Killer’ Comes Home
Carlos Ghosn’s mysterious return to Beirut is met with mixed reactions from a country in protest and peril.
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.
South Asia’s Shiites Are Eschewing Sectarianism
Iran divides and disrupts in the Middle East, but it has a different playbook in Pakistan.
Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East
The region is accustomed to cycles of protest and political upheaval, so it’s better not to bank on successful revolutions.
Governments Can Kill Protesters—but Not Protest
The people want more democracy, even if their leaders want less.
The United States Can Offer the People of Lebanon and Iraq Something Tehran Can’t
Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon are rising up against Iranian influence, sectarianism, and corruption. The U.S. Congress should offer conditional aid that forces governments to respond to their citizens’ grievances.