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Hizballah in war and peace

september2007picFour and a half years after Syrian troops were unexpectedly cajoled out of Lebanon, and more than three years after the end of a (nearly) "open" war with Israel, the Shi'ite movement Hizballah appears not only militarily stronger, as many of its enemies attest, but also politically and ideologically…

The 33-Day War between Israel and Hezbollah

Balance_scaleThe following section addresses aspects of the rules of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), known as jus in bello, which govern the way each party to an armed conflict must conduct itself in the course of hostilities. It does not address whether Hezbollah was justified in attacking Israel or wheth…

Lebanese Federalism and Decentralization: Its Proponents...

mideast_lebanon_syria_akcf107Lebanon is home to countless religious sects. Maronite Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Shia and Sunni Muslims, Druze, Alawites and Copts, to name a few.

The Lebanese Political Party System

800px-BeirutParliamentThe parties that make up the Lebanese political system are the most Western in the Arab world. Though Lebanon still suffers under an antiquated legal system inherited from the Ottoman Empire and French Mandate period, prior to World War II, the Cedar Republic enjoys a vibrant and competitive party s…

Lebanese economy - a hostage to local and regional politics

The year 2009 is an indication of Lebanon’s potential and of the extent of economic growth and prosperity the country could enjoy in an environment of peace and stability.

The SIS Factor in Beirut

gettyimagesLebanese President Michel Suleiman recently appeared in the Saudi daily al-Hayat talking about ministerial appointments in Lebanon. Suleiman said that there was no law in Lebanon preventing the appointment of figures recently defeated in parliamentary elections, as cabinet ministers.

Iran and Syria are making diplomatic headway while Lebanon...

A series of meetings around the world this week seems to herald the beginning of a new phase of cooperation between formerly sworn foes.

Lebanon at a Crossroad

Two Katyusha rockets were fired on Friday September 11, from southern Lebanon into northern Israel, prompting retaliatory artillery fire from the Israeli army. This incident, taking place amidst the cabinet formation crisis, triggered concerns among the Lebanese that Lebanon is still a battlefield f…

The Chaos of Arab Political Discourse

Arab political discourse is characterized by cacophony and an utter absence of comprehensive analysis. Any attempt to systematically address or analyze the recurrent political crises and failures in the Arab world is thwarted by the reality of this discourse. A brief examination of the media coverag…

Divided between Ideas

flags2“A state cannot be constituted from any chance body of persons, or in any chance period of time” said Aristotle, and historical Lebanon is no exception.

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