In Lebanon, the Wheels of Justice Do Not Grind
The Hariri tribunal hasn’t led to a single arrest. Biden should let it expire and help Lebanon in better ways.
No Prime Minister—and No More Hope—for Lebanon
The resignation of Saad Hariri is forcing the country to reckon with just how bad things have gotten.
Lebanon’s Failure Is Partly Macron’s Fault
France developed a plan to save its former colony. It went wrong from the start.
The Lebanese Army Needs Cash
The force is the United States’ best partner in the country, but should Washington pay up?
Lebanon’s Economic Woes Threaten Terrorism Tribunal
Without new funding, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will close next month with little to show for more than a decade of work.
The Christian Priest Who Wants to Redeem Lebanon’s Sins
The country wants an end to sectarian strife. Can the leader of the Maronite church deliver?
Nobody Knows What Lebanon’s Currency Is Worth Anymore
In Lebanon’s absurd economy, money’s value depends on whom you ask.
Why Lebanon Can’t Kick Its Addiction to Indentured Labor
The country is almost bankrupt, but it still forks out on migrant workers under the heavily criticized kafala system.
The Increasingly Violent Conflict Between Shiites and Iran’s Proxies
A killing in Lebanon is a symbol of a growing regional backlash against sectarian politics.
Hezbollah Is Vulnerable. Lokman Slim’s Assassination Proves It.
The Biden administration and the French government must draw clear red lines, or the group will escalate its campaign of terror.
In Publisher’s Death, Lebanese See One More Unsolved Murder
Hezbollah suspected in the killing of Lokman Slim but accountability is unlikely.
Syria’s Hidden Hand in Lebanon’s Port Explosion
Signs are adding up that the explosives in Beirut may have been intended for Damascus—but Lebanese elites are trying to slow the investigation.
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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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.