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 […]
August 30, 2019

The UAE’s Unlikely Rise as a Regional Powerhouse

The story of the United Arab Emirates is one imbued with wealth, status, and pomp. Its world-record holding buildings, architecture, infrastructure, museums, and art account for […]
August 26, 2019

The Populist Nationalism of the Free Patriotic Movement

In conjunction with the surge of right-wing populism in Europe and the US, Lebanon appears to be witnessing a similar phenomenon. Even though nationalist and sectarian […]
July 31, 2019

The Dilemma of the Return of ISIS Foreign Fighters

With the facilitation of global communication and travels, foreign fighter involvement in conflicts has been steadily rising, notably with the conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Iraq, […]
July 22, 2019

تركيا في ليبيا: دعم شرعية السرّاج في وجه حفتر ورعاته الإقليميين

تشكل ليبيا بالنسبة لتركيا أرضاً استثنائية وخصبة لمد النفوذ شمال القارة الأفريقية. الاستثناء الليبي يعود لإنغلاق كافة البلاد الممتدة من مصر إلى المغرب أمام الطموحات الإقليمية […]
July 5, 2019

Adapt and Overcome: Hezbollah and PMF’s Response to U.S Sanctions

The Trump administration’s 2018 decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and the subsequent economic sanctions that the U.S has imposed on Iran has had […]