What To Make Of Netanyahu’s Threat To “Act Against Dangerous Iran”

On Sunday, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that Israel will act directly against Iran, a country that he believes is the world’s greatest threat. In what was his first address at the annual Munich Security Conference, which brings together security, defense officials, and diplomats from across Europe and the […]

Battle At The Borders: Why More Responsibility Needs To Be Taken For Syrian Refugees

This week news about two different borders caught my attention; one about the Syrian border with Lebanon and the other with Turkey. Individually they alarmed me, but together they significantly call for a change in how the UN, governments and NGOs manage the Syrian conflict. The conflict which began in […]

Getting Ready For The Egyptian Presidential Elections

Controversy and speculation began last week when former Prime Minister of Egypt, Ahmed Shafik, announced on Wednesday, his intention to run in the next presidential elections around March or April of 2018. Hours after declaring his intent to run, Shafik announced in a video message given to Al Jazeera that he […]

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri “Temporarily Suspends” Resignation

A day after returning to Beirut, Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, has said he is suspending his resignation—temporarily halting what would have effectively brought down his 11-month-old government. Speaking during Lebanon’s Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday, Hariri said what Lebanon “needs at this sensitive time [is] exceptional efforts from everyone […]

A Week After Resignation Announcement, Hariri Vows To Return To Lebanon “Very Soon”

In his first television interview since his shock resignation as Prime Minister about a week ago, Saad Hariri pledged to return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia “very soon” via his party’s Future TV. He denied rumours that he was under house arrest in Saudi Arabia, saying that he was free […]

Saudi Arabia Advises Citizens To Leave Lebanon, Stepping Up Its Condemnation Of Hezbollah

In the latest events unfolding in the political struggle between Beirut and Riyadh, the latter, in conjunction with the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait, has advised its citizens residing or visiting Lebanon to leave immediately, and those who intend to travel to the country to reconsider their itineraries. This comes after […]

Lebanon – A Regional Game Of Chess

Over the last few days, Lebanon has once again found itself stuck between regional heavyweights. In a shock move on Saturday, November 4th, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation from Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on Saudi-owned TV networks. The Prime Minister cited Iran’s interference in domestic […]

Hariri Announces Shock Resignation, Raising Prospects Of Potential Political Turmoil In Lebanon And Beyond

Saad Hariri unexpectedly resigned as Prime Minister of Lebanon this past Saturday, citing Iran’s influence in his country and across the Middle East, whilst also claiming he feared the same fate as late father, Rafik Hariri who was assassinated in 2005.  His speech, which was broadcast from the Saudi Arabia, […]

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Resigns Claiming Assassination Threat

On Saturday, November 4, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri suddenly resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia. He claimed that there is a plan to assassinate him, and accused Iran and Hezbollah of causing discord in the region. During a televised announcement in Riyadh, on Saudi- state-owned news channel; Al […]

Putin And Lebanon PM Discuss Deepening Military Ties

During a meeting held this week in the Russian city of Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri discussed many agreements that expand and deepen relations between the two countries. Ahead of the meeting, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported that Putin said signed agreements between […]