Lebanon

A view of a building damaged by the August 4 blast in Beirut on Nov. 5.

Lebanon’s Concrete Cartel

How business interests prevent Lebanon from rebuilding its infrastructure, government, and economy.

People wave Syrian national flags and pictures of President Bashar al-Assad

U.S. Fears Syria’s Assad Meddling in Fragile Lebanon

A State Department assessment warned the Syrian regime is worsening Lebanon’s economic collapse.

US Vice President Joe Biden and Lebanese Defence Minister Elias Murr stand with Lebanese military officers during a ceremony at the Rafiq Hariri international airport in Beirut on May 22, 2009.

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.

A Lebanese protester

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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.

A Lebanese protester

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.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrives to attend a church service for former French President Jacques Chirac at the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris on Sept. 30, 2019.

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.

Lebanese of Armenian origin raise Armenian and Nagorno-Karabakh flags as they take part in a rally in Beirut's neighborhood of Bourj Hammoud on Oct. 9.

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.

A ship in flames is pictured at the port of Beirut following a massive explosion that hit the heart of the Lebanese capital on Aug. 4.

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.

A woman carries a diabled man wearing a protective face mask the Sabra neighbourhood of Beirut where many Palestinian refugees still live, amid measures coordinated with Palestinian security forces to shut down all shops in a bid to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease, on March 22, 2020.

Coronavirus Is Pushing Lebanon Over the Brink

It’s time to add an uncontrolled outbreak to the country’s long list of woes.

A Lebanese woman draped in a national flag

‘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.

A demonstrator holding a Lebanese flag

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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.

A noose and gallows hang from the monument at Martyrs’ Square.

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.

A protester wearing a scarf of the Shiite movement Hezbollah chants slogans while being flanked by Lebanese police during an anti-US demonstration near the United States' Embassy headquarters in Awkar, northeast of the capital Beirut on July 10, 2020.

Lebanon Is Paralyzed by Fear of Another Civil War

Sectarian tensions are nearing the boiling point—and what happens next is up to Hezbollah.

People clear rubble from their historic homes in Beirut's Karantina neighborhood near the port on Aug. 21.

How Beirut Blast Could Further Enrich Lebanese Elites

Most residents don’t have money for repairs, making them vulnerable to corruption schemes.

Coffins of three of the seven bodyguards of Lebanon's murdered prime minister Rafiq Hariri are carried through the crowd during a mass funeral in central Beirut  on 16 February 2005. Hariri and his bodyguards were buried after his coffin was caught in a crush of frenzied mourners outside a Beirut mosque. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH BARRAK.

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.

The destruction at Beirut's port on Aug 10 after the huge chemical explosion that devastated the Lebanese capital.

Lebanon’s Ruined Port Is a Nightmare to Rebuild

Politics, corruption, and the pandemic impede reconstruction of the country’s lifeline.

Lebanese protesters hold hands to form a human chain along the coast from north to south as a symbol of unity during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Beirut on Oct. 27, 2019.

What the International Community Can Do in Lebanon

A conservatorship is unlikely, but the world can work to nudge Beirut’s political class aside.

A Lebanese youth hugs French President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to the Gemmayzeh neighborhood of Beirut, which has suffered extensive damage due to a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital, on Aug. 6, 2020.

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 Lebanese father and his daughter light a candle outside the mansion of assassinated former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri

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.

A girl carries a Lebanese flag through Beirut’s Mar Mikhael neighborhood on Aug. 13.

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.