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Lebanon’s Hizbollah Turns Eastward to Syria

Middle East Report N°153, 27 May 2014

Lebanese Hezbollah supporters wave the movement's yellow flags and the Syrian flag decorated with an image of President Bashar al-Assad as they listen to a televised speech by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2006 war with Israel in southern Beirut on July 18, 2012.Hizbollah’s intervention in Syria strengthens the Assad regime but transforms the Shiite movement as it redefines the enemy and itself within the confines of an increasingly sectarian struggle.

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Lebanon’s Hizbollah Turns Eastward to Syria, Middle East Report N°153, 27 May 2014

Hizbollah’s intervention in Syria strengthens the Assad regime but transforms the Shiite movement as it redefines the enemy and itself within the confines of an increasingly sectarian struggle.

Too Close for Comfort: Syrians in Lebanon, Middle East Report N°141, 13 May 2013

As the Syrian conflict increasingly implicates and spills over into Lebanon, a priority for its government and international partners must be to tackle the refugee crisis, lest it ignite domestic conflict that a weak state and volatile region can ill afford.

A Precarious Balancing Act: Lebanon and the Syrian Conflict , Middle East Report N°132, 22 Nov 2012

Syria’s civil war is spilling beyond its borders and threatening Lebanon’s stability. More than ever, it is crucial that Lebanon’s leaders address the fundamental shortfalls of their governing structure, which exacerbate factionalism and leave the country vulnerable to the chaos next door.

Lebanon’s Palestinian Dilemma: The Struggle Over Nahr al-Bared, Middle East Report N°117, 1 Mar 2012

Although attention naturally is focused on possible ripple effects on Lebanon from Syria’s conflict, it would be wrong to ignore the unresolved legacy of the battle that shook the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp five years ago. The risk of renewed flare-up, already significant, is now compounded by the regional crisis.

Trial by Fire: The Politics of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Middle East Report N°100, 2 Dec 2010

An intra-Lebanese deal on how to respond to forthcoming indictments by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is necessary to avoid a breakdown of the country’s precarious balance of power, even as the STL pursues its work.


New Crisis, Old Demons in Lebanon: The Forgotten Lessons of Bab-Tebbaneh/Jabal Mohsen, Middle East Briefing N°29, 14 Oct 2010

The crisis that has gripped Lebanon since the murder of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri five years ago has taken a new and dangerous turn.

Drums of War: Israel and the "Axis of Resistance", Middle East Report Nº97, 2 Aug 2010

The Israeli-Lebanese border is exceptionally calm and uniquely dangerous, both for the same reason: fear that a new round of hostilities would be far more violent and could spill over regionally.


Lebanon’s Politics: The Sunni Community and Hariri’s Future Current, Middle East Report Nº96, 26 May 2010

To succeed, Prime Minister Saad Hariri faces the challenge of moving Lebanon from the logic of sectarian mobilisation and confrontation in which it has been embroiled. Much will depend on others but his role as head of a national unity government makes him central.

Lebanon’s Elections: Avoiding a New Cycle of Confrontation, Middle East Report N°87, 4 Jun 2009

Lebanon’s 7 June elections risk offering a false hope. That the parties agreed to shift their conflict from street to ballot box is surely a good thing, but it should not be misinterpreted.


Nurturing Instability: Lebanon's Palestinian Refugee Camps, Middle East Report N°84, 19 Feb 2009

The vast Palestinian refugee population is routinely forgotten and ignored in much of the Middle East. Not so in Lebanon.

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أزمة جديدة، أشباح قديمة في لبنان
تشرين الثاني 9

الأزمة التي عصفت بلبنان منذ اغتيال رئيس الوزراء الأسبق رفيق الحريري في عام 2005 بلغت منعطفاً جديداً وخطيراً مع اقتراب المحكمة الدولية المكلفة بالتحقيق في الاغتيال من إصدار قررها الظني. سحر الأطرش, محللة مجموعة الأزمات الدولية في الشؤون اللبنانية تتحدث في هذه الحلقة من بودكاست مجموعة الأزمات الدولية عن الأزمة الحالية في لبنان.استمع