February 21, 2020

How Iraqi Pluralism and Intra-Shia Rivalry Thwarts Iranian Intrusion

Introduction In September 2014, Iranian Parliamentarian ʿAlīreżā Zākānī boasted that Sanaa had become the fourth Arab capital in Iran’s possession, joining “the three Arab capitals who […]
February 7, 2020

Comparing Parties’ Discourses to the Voice of the Streets

Introduction The October 17 uprising shook the political landscape of Lebanon and led to the resignation of the “national unity” cabinet which included virtually all mainstream […]
February 3, 2020

Lebanon Report – January

Formation of Government Approximately one month after Diab’s nomination as Prime Minister through parliamentary consultations, a new cabinet was announced on January 21. The new ministers […]
January 14, 2020

Iraq’s Protest Movement Amid US-Iranian Military Escalation

1. Background For a few years, various protest movements have shaken Iraq in separate waves. The traditional force to spark the political mobilization among the urban […]
January 13, 2020

Assessing the Lebanon-EU Association Agreement

‘No nation was ever ruined by trade’, as argued by Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century.[1] From that time, a gradual shift started to a one-world […]
December 24, 2019

Lebanon Report – November and December

Deteriorating Economic Situation Lebanon is experiencing its worst economic and financial crisis in decades. The Central Bank managed to pay in November the maturing Eurobonds of […]
November 1, 2019

Lebanon’s October Uprising

In a surprising yet not unexpected turn of events, hundreds of thousands, if not over a million, Lebanese people protested in the streets on a daily […]
October 31, 2019

Lebanon Report – October

Lebanon in Revolt Following the reported imposition of a “WhatsApp Tax” by the cabinet on October 17, a small protest in Beirut escalated in an unprecedented […]
October 7, 2019

Hezbollah’s Monopoly and Evolution of the Narrative of Resistance

Introduction Since its official founding in 1985 at the height of the Lebanese civil war and in the aftermath of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, […]
October 1, 2019

Lebanon Report – September

Economy and 2020 Budget A few days after international ratings agency Fitch downgraded Lebanon’s rating, heads of Lebanese parties met in Baabda and called for “sacrifices” […]