Lebanon’s Concrete Cartel
How business interests prevent Lebanon from rebuilding its infrastructure, government, and economy.
U.S. Fears Syria’s Assad Meddling in Fragile Lebanon
A State Department assessment warned the Syrian regime is worsening Lebanon’s economic collapse.
If Biden Wins, Lebanon Is Afraid of Losing
The country’s entrenched elite could help a new U.S. administration achieve its regional goals—while sacrificing its citizens.
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Lebanon’s Saad Hariri is back by unpopular demand, IR scholars give Trump an F-, and Beltway insiders’ favorite board game.
Why Is Saad Hariri Back in Charge of Lebanon?
An entrenched sectarian political system, self-serving leaders leftover from the civil war, and a protest movement more ambitious than organized seem to have set Lebanon’s revolution back where it started.
Same Old Hariri, Newly Traumatized Lebanon
After a year of chaos, a familiar face is returning to the top of a country that desperately wants change.
The Diaspora May Be Armenia’s Biggest Asset in Nagorno-Karabakh
From online to the front lines, the 7 million-strong Armenian diaspora is rallying to the fight in Nagorno-Karabakh.
How a Maritime Deal With Israel Could Ease Lebanon’s Woes
Beirut could tap billions of dollars in natural gas revenue if it can resolve the border dispute.
Coronavirus Is Pushing Lebanon Over the Brink
It’s time to add an uncontrolled outbreak to the country’s long list of woes.
‘We Have Nothing Here’: A Collapsing Lebanon Sparks an Exodus of Despair
A country that previously took in refugees could become an exporter of people as government ineptitude and an economic cataclysm destroy all hope.
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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.
How Beirut Blast Could Further Enrich Lebanese Elites
Most residents don’t have money for repairs, making them vulnerable to corruption schemes.
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.
Lebanon’s Ruined Port Is a Nightmare to Rebuild
Politics, corruption, and the pandemic impede reconstruction of the country’s lifeline.
What the International Community Can Do in Lebanon
A conservatorship is unlikely, but the world can work to nudge Beirut’s political class aside.
The World Is Planning to Rescue the Lebanese, Not Lebanon
Massive foreign assistance is on its way to the country—but the government has forfeited any right to it.
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.
In Beirut, Lebanese Want to Clear Out More Than Just Rubble
Calls for fundamental political reform are gaining momentum in Lebanon after a deadly twin explosion this month laid bare government negligence.