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” […]
October 1, 2019

Between the Wall and Security: An Impossible Palestinian State

Introduction Despite its centenary history, the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is still far from being solved and continues to be a major source […]
September 20, 2019

GCC Economic Diversification: End of Rentierism & Rise of Nationalism?

The six countries within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are all currently working towards the fulfilment of largely similar economic “visions”. These economic plans promise decreased […]
September 4, 2019

Lebanon Report – July and August

Budget and Economic Situation 7 months into 2019, the parliament finally adopted the 2019 budget after 2 months of debate within the Finance and Budget Parliamentary […]