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February 5, 2018

Iran's Imperial Ambitions Challenge Middle East Borders

In May, 2017 Major General Qassem Soleimani, chief of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps’ foreign operations branch known as the Qods Force, visited the Iraq/Syria border in the company of an Iran-…

December 15, 2015

Lebanon’s "Worthless" Government and the Fight Over the Presidency

It is rare for the prime minister of any country to call its government “worthless,” but Prime Minister Tammam Salam of Lebanon just did. For 19 months Lebanon has been unable to elect a president, a…

June 19, 2015

Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Jews, an Afternoon With Hezbollah, and Moroccan Salafis

Sigal Samuel reviews a new Ramadan television series about Egypt’s Jewish community. The Beirut Report recounts the story of a journalist held by Hezbollah in southern Beirut. Imad Stitou argues th…


January 14, 2014

Iran Mocks President Obama by Honoring Mughniyeh

President Obama has a full court press under way to stop Congress from passing new sanctions legislation that could--could, not will--impose sanctions on Iran one year from now if negotiations break …

January 10, 2014

Weekend Reading: Why Shiites Fight, Egyptian Time Warp, and Militia Madness in Libya

Rodger Shanahan says that Shiites fighting in Syria are doing so not for sectarian reasons, but rather for reasons of geopolitics and self-preservation. Mohammed Fadel argues that Egypt has returned…


January 3, 2014


Hezbollah’s long-standing resistance to Israel gained this Lebanon-based Shiite political party and militant group broad support, but its involvement in Syria’s civil war may jeopardize its domestic …

Lebanese Hezbollah supporters gesture as they march during a religious procession to mark Ashura in Beirut

August 22, 2013

Iran’s "Moderate" New Government

The new Iranian government under President Hassan Rohani is very often being described as "moderate" these days. For example, The Wall Street Journal’s story on his election was entitled "Moderate Cl…

June 1, 2013

Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink

John Campbell, former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, explores the country's postcolonial history and examines the events and conditions that have carried this troubled giant to the edge.

February 15, 2013

The Hezbollah Connection in Syria and Iran

In recent years, the strategic alliance between Iran and Hezbollah has grown to the point where the Lebanese militant group’s fealty to Tehran is paramount, a dynamic currently on display in Syria, s…

November 26, 2012

Technology and Terror

The success of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is one of the great stories to emerge from the Gaza conflict, but its importance may still have been underestimated. First, even enthusiasts …