Lebanon

Just What Are America's Options in Iraq?
Obama got dealt a bad hand—and is playing it badly.
June 13, 2014

In the aftermath of ISIS’s seizure of major cities in Iraq, the U.S. has been caught without a grand strategy in the Middle East.

Hezbollah Terrorists May Be Out of a Safe Haven
September 24, 2013

Hezbollah terrorists fleeing justice may be seeing the end of their reign of impunity in Lebanon.

An Israeli Strike, An American Message
The bombing of weapons in Syria has as much to do with Iran
May 04, 2013

How the bombing of weapons in Syria sends a message to Iran, too.

Recognizing Disaster: Please, Mr. President, Don’t Intervene in Syria
December 14, 2012

When it comes to the grueling civil war in Syria, it's been a while since the relevant question was whether the regime of Bashar Assad would fall. It's only a matter of time until it does. The more pressing policy choice has been whether the United States would actively hasten its demise.

How Sectarianism Blinds the Shia to the Horrors of Syria
October 05, 2012

The Syrian rebellion is exposing a dangerous contradiction in the Shia of the Middle East. Why are the victims supporting the victimizers?

How the Arab Spring Killed Hezbollah
September 20, 2012

Hezbollah's journey from militant resistance movement to flailing establishment power center.

Baathism: An Obituary
September 14, 2012

When Bashar Al Assad's government finally collapses in Syria, it will mean the end of a totalitarian ideology that thrived—and killed—for 70 years.

Portman’s Shaker Problem
August 09, 2012

One of Mitt Romney’s biggest challenges as presidential candidate may be to win public acceptance of a Protestant sect that is poorly understood by a majority of the public. Its practices, historically, have differed dramatically from those of mainline denominations, particularly during the 19th century, when its members engaged in odd sexual behavior and upended the conventional family structure.

Portman’s Shaker Problem
August 09, 2012

One of Mitt Romney’s biggest challenges as presidential candidate may be to win public acceptance of a Protestant sect that is poorly understood by a majority of the public. Its practices, historically, have differed dramatically from those of mainline denominations, particularly during the 19th century, when its members engaged in odd sexual behavior and upended the conventional family structure.

The Civil War in the Syrian Opposition: How Long Can the Free Syrian Army Hold Off Its Islamist Rivals?
June 25, 2012

If you want to know where the fourteen month-old Syrian revolution against President Bashar al-Assad is headed, the case of Walid al-Boustani provides a useful rubric. Al-Boustani led an ill-fated “Islamic Emirate of Homs” that lasted only a few weeks. Apparently the locals did not appreciate having an “Emir” who kidnapped and murdered their people while claiming to wage jihad against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

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