Archive for the 'Lebanon' Category

Interview with Lebanon’s Minister of Refugee Affairs, Mouin Merhebi

Iran in Syria: “Cognitive Empathy” and Interests

Syria, Deterrence of Chemical Weapons and U.S. Policy in the Middle East – By Joshua Landis

Trump’s Iran Policy is More about Rollback Than Nukes; It Will Cause More Failed States – by Joshua Landis

Katibat Dir’ al-Watan: New Sub-Unit of the Fifth Legion

Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi: Syrian IRGC Militia

America’s Failure – and Russia and Iran’s Success – in Syria’s Cataclysmic Civil War – By Joshua Landis

Saraya Al-Tawheed: A Pro-Assad Druze Militia in Lebanon and Syria

Aleppo and America’s Syria Policy – by Robert G. Rabil

Liwa al-Imam Zain al-Abidain: Building a ‘Resistance’ in Eastern Syria

Syrian Hezbollah Militias of Nubl and Zahara’

Liwa Sayf al-Mahdi: A Syrian Army Shi’i Militia

The ‘Martyrs’ of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya (The Ja’afari Force)

The Local Defence Forces: Regime Auxiliary Forces in Aleppo

Liwa al-Jalil: A New Pro-Assad Palestinian Militia

The Dir’ al-Watan Brand: Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi

Rijal al-Karama after Sheikh Abu Fahad Waheed al-Bal’ous’ Assassination

The Assassination of Sheikh Abu Fahad al-Bal’ous: Context and Analysis

Overview of some pro-Assad Militias

Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: Recruiting the Shi’a of Damascus

Quwat al-Ridha: Syrian Hezbollah

“Mohammad Nassif: The Shadow Man of the Syria-Iran Axis,” by Mohammad Ataie

Syria in Limbo: Neither Reunification nor Partition Are Yet Possible

How Far is Hezbollah Willing to Go in Syria?

Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East – Interview with Danny Postel

“Syria, Iraq and Lebanon: the new Af-Pak,” by Anno Bunnik

“Why Syria’s Assad heads to Geneva from a position of strength,” by Joshua Landis

Chemical Weapons and Responses; The Developing Story of Tripoli’s Bombing; Theories on Outcomes for Syria

Syria Consolidates into Three Cantons as the Opposition Pushes Back, Taking Mengh Airbase and other Strategic Points

Gangs of Latakia: The Militiafication of the Assad Regime

Round-up: News from the North, Changes to Opposition, Egypt, and a lot of Miscellany

Round Up: Lethal Aid, Human Interest Stories, Lebanon

Round Up: Qusayr, Hezbollah, Regional Sectarianism, Ehsani on Economics, Foreign Jihadis Behead & Kill for Blasphemy, US Intervention Proposal

Has the War Reached Lebanon? Meanwhile, Obama Updates War on Terror

Oil Wars—Nusra’s Expanding Reach—Syrian Taliban

Lebanese Tension, Egyptian Chaos, Iraqi Memories… and all the news from Syria

al-Nusra, al-Raqqa, Calls for Jihad, River of Death

“The Hamas-Syrian Split, a Dilemma for Iran’s Palestinian Strategy,” By Mohammad Ataie

The Man Who Wrote the Mehlis Report on Rafiq al-Hariri’s Murder Claims Third Witness was a “full-blown mythomaniac”

News Round Up (27 February 2011)

The sad irony of it all – the USA and the Arab world…

Landis and Yakoubian on Egypt, Syria and Lebanon: Bloggingheads TV

US Loses Lebanon, Worries about Losing Egypt; Tunisians Ask Feltman to Go Home

Lebanon Remains Hostage to the Arab-Israeli Conflict with US Blessing

Obama Trapped in Bush’s Lebanon War

Tape Two from New TV: Hariri Gives His Side of the Story

Saad Hariri Talking to Saddiq, a False witness; Why Tunisia Is Unlikely in Syria

Lebanon’s Return to Political Paralysis and Economic Stagnation

Wikileaks: “Syrian-Iranian Relations return to normal”; Jordan, Turkey, and US Seek Improved Iran Relations; Hariri Tribunal Delayed;

WikiLeaks: Saudi Proposed Arab Force to Invade Lebanon; Makhlouf Sanctions; Mughniya Murder

Wikileaks: Bellemare “has no case” against Syria

Wikileaks: “General Rifi is convinced that Syrian authorities are directly responsible for all three crimes,” said a cable classified by Jeremy Feltman

Should A Resurgent Syria Give Alarm?

Elias Murr: “If Israel has to bomb Shia areas, that is Hizbullah’s concern… The Lebanese Army Forces will stay on their bases …. and take over once Hizballah’s militia has been destroyed.”

Wiki Leaks: First Cut

Disapearing Golan; Hariri Murder; Iran

Can the US Convince Hariri to Stand up to Hizbullah with the Lebanese Tribunal?

China’s Rise Undermines Power of Sanctions as US Diplomatic Tool

News Round Up (24 October 2010)

Ahmedinejad in Lebanon

Tuykey and Syria Struggle to Resolve Their Kurdish Question

The Special Lebanon Tribunal Power Play – The End of the Bush Agenda

Syria Gets Better Russian Missiles

“New Media is Straining Government Tolerance In Syria,” by Deb Amos

News Round Up (13 Sept 2010)

Drought Hits East for Forth Year Causing More Distress

Lebanon PM: I was wrong to accuse Syria of Rafik Hariri murder

“Bush White House Wanted to Destroy the Syrian State by Force and With Urgency,” Tony Blair

Will Obama Abandon the Bush Policy of Punishing Mid East Countries that Oppose Israeli Expansion?

News Round Up (29 August 2010)

News Roundup (August 20 2010)

Will rising tensions in the Middle East lead to another catastrophic war?

News Round Up (22 July 2010)

Hizbullah Arms; Senator Specter to Damascus; Cordesman: “Iranian Threat Exaggerated”

News Round UP (23 May 2010) Kerry in Damascus

Medvedev’s Visits to Syria and Turkey – News Round Up (14 May 2010)

“A Brief Introduction to the Shebaa Farms Problem” by Matthieu Cimino

News Round Up (May 6, 2010)

Who is Changing the Regional Balance of Power?

Iran, Syria, and US in War of Words as West Bank is Digested by Israel

Is a Hizbullah – Israel War Likely?

US and Israel Agree; Missile Controversy Plays Out

News Round Up (19 April 2010)

News Round Up (18 April 2010)

News Round Up (14 April 2010)

Ambassador Ford’s Confirmation Delayed

Renewed talks between Israel and Syria unlikely

Kerry to Syria Keeps Hope Alive

Why Syria Must Burnish its “Resistance” Credentials in the Face of Obama’s Inaction on Settlement Expansion

News Round Up (March 19, 2010)

Will Israel Flex Its Muscle Further?

Clinton to Damascus?

Assad and Ahmadinejad – “There is No Separating Iran and Syria”

News Round Up (15 February 2010)

The Case for Syria

More on New US Amb., War Bluster, Hariri Court

Economics, NGOs and More

NGO’s in Syria; Mitchell Should Resign; Egypt and Syria Feud; Assad to Libya

Al-Waleed Bin Talal: “Assad… we are getting him back in the fold”

News Round Up (27 December 2009)

End of Arab Cold War Makes Syria Man in the Middle

Assessing Hariri’s visit to Lebanon and Syria’s Rise

Hariri Speech Reveals Bad Arabic; Adam Ereli Possible Ambassador to Syria

Hariri Goes to Damascus; US Gives More and Better Arms to Israel

Turkey’s “Zero Crescents, Zero Axises, and Zero problems” Foreign Policy is Catching on.

Sharaa on Turkey, the US, Lebanon; Diplomats on Bus Explosion; Turkey’s Leadership

Is Syria to Blame for the Bombings in Iraq?

Bus Bomb? Syrian-Israel Peace Talks? SSNP, Turkey is Warned, Washington is Broken

Will India’s Proposal to Invest Billions in Iran Undermine US Sanction Drive? Is Turkey the Winner?

News Round Up (25 November 2009)

Syria and Iraq and Lebanon and ….

France Champions Syria While US Says Differences with Damascus are “Profound”

Assad in Paris

Netanyahu Talks Peace for the Press; Syrian Subsidies

Lebanon Gets a New Government

News Round Up (6 November 2009)

Syria’s Four Seas strategy, by Yoav Stern

News Round Up (19 October 2009)

News Round Up (18 October 2009)

Angelina Does Damascus; Saudi King on his Way; Syria’s Attitude toward an Iranian Nuke

Can Obama and Sarkozy Succeed?

Is Syrian-US Engagement at an End?

EU postpones Syrian accord; Ignatius on Syria; Butters on Beirut

Syria Seeks to Separate US Relationship from Arab-Israeli Conflict

News Round Up (Mon Aug. 10, 2009)

Hariri Majority thin with Jumblatt Defection; Brits Urge Peace

Sanctions on Hafiz Makhluf and Muhammad Nasif Khayr Bek Extended

Mitchell Moves Ahead With Normalization of US-Sy Relations for Iraq Security and More

First analysis of the Mitchell Meeting

News Round UP (Sunday 20 July 2009)

News Round Up (17 July 2009)

News Round Up (9 July 2009)

Muallem: “Yes, we want the Golan Back on a Silver Platter.”

News Round Up (1 July 2009)

News Round Up (30 June 2009)

“Hillary is Wrong About Settlements,” Elliott Abrams & Saudi Arabia

News Round Up (19 June 2009)

Iran, Mitchell, Lebanon and Iraq

The Mitchell Visit: Why it is Important

Popular Vote Favors Lebanon’s Opposition, Despite Loss

Syrians Silent and Disappointed but Ready to Put Lebanon Behind Them

Elections Run Smoothly in Lebanon Despite Final Fear Mongering

Will Obama Put Syria at the Center of a Peace Plan?

Steps Syria has Taken to Win US Favor

“Will There Be a US Ambassador in Damascus by September?” By Landis

“New Evidence Points to Hezbollah in Hariri Murder,” by Erich Fallath

Syria Eats Sanctions but Looks to Mitchell Visit for Understanding

What is Feltman Doing in Damascus?

Hamas and Hizbullah Reach out to Obama

Netanyahu goes for Palestinian over Syrian Track; Lebanon Elections

Hariri Tribunal Releases Lebanese Generals for lack of Evidence

US Will Work with Lebanon Opposition – Experts Say

Is Clinton’s Visit to Lebanon a Challange to Syria or just a pep rally?

Lieberman, the perfect foil – Lebanon

Assad to Austria, 5 New Ministers, Oil, and Lebanon Elections

Hizbullah and Elections

News Round Up (12 April 2009)

News Round Up (8 April 2009)

News Round Up (5 April 2009)

Stocks Prices are Up – Peace is Down

Arab Unity? Yes on Kurds, No on Palestinians, Perhaps on Lebanon

Engagement and its Many Critics

Nasrallah’s Rhetoric Directed East or West?

Is the US Becoming More Humble or Just Less Silly?

Sanctions on the Table?

“Why Syria Will Not Get the Golan Back” by Landis

Syria Dresses Up

Kerry’s Visit Brings Some Hope

New Round Up (Feb. 18 2009)

Asad, “An ambassador is important… There is nothing real yet.”

New Round Up (31 Jan 2009)

Will Syria Benefit from Israel’s Invasion of Gaza?

“Palestine’s Bleak Future and Syria’s Disappointment in Obama,” by Landis

Asma al-Asad on Gaza: Obama’s Dream Team

Top 5 reasons why Israel is attacking Gaza

Peace Talks and the Economy

Syria is the Only Game in Town

News Round Up (December 19, 2008)

Waging Peace in Atlanta, by Britta Froelicher

“Forces of Stability: Syria and Iran or the USA?” by Jihad Makdissi

Hariri Tribunal Revives Speculation and Spin

News Round UP (6 December 2008)

IMF Report on Syria: Non- oil exports increased 23.5 percent

Are There Non-Sectarian Parties in Syria: The case of the SSNP?

The Nuclear Mess – Where Does it Leave Syria?

Britain and Syria Resume Intelligence Sharing

“Listening to Syria” by David Lesch

Syria blames Israeli bombs for uranium traces

Traces Of Uranium found in Syria: Moallem Says No More Searches

Syrian TV shows men ‘confessing’ to deadly bomb blast

Bush’s Final Violent Outburst Causes Exasperation

Raid Coverage by Wash Post, Moubayed, LATimes, NYTimes,

News Round Up (25 Oct. 2008)

Interview with Ambassador Imad Moustapha: Peace Talks, Hizbullah, Palestine

News Round Up (19 Oct. 2008)

News Round Up (17 Oct. 2008)

Syria’s Joint Bank Venture: Syrian Embassy to Open in Lebanon

“Syria-Israel Peace: The Impact on Non-State militias” by Landis

News Round Up (11 October 2008)

Syria plays hardball with the Saudis, by Sami Moubayed

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