September 13, 2020

Lebanon’s Momentum for Change Should not be Wasted

Originally published on Arab Weekly on 20/08/2020 As I write these words, Beirut is overwhelmed by the visit of high calibre foreign visitors: the French president […]
August 31, 2020

Power & Politics Behind Humanitarian Mechanisms in Syria

Acknowledgement The Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies is a Lebanese based think tank. The institute seeks to conduct rigorous research and analysis, done […]
March 28, 2020

Western Sahara Issue: Foreign Interventions vs Sovereignty Claims

This article discusses the sparsely populated area of desert that is the main point of contention between Morocco and Algeria. This area is the Sahrawi Arab […]
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 […]