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Hanin Ghaddar is the inaugural Friedmann Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute's Geduld Program on Arab Politics, where she focuses on Shia politics throughout the Levant. She tweets @haningdr.
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The Lebanon-Israel border talks show that Hezbollah is under pressure. They could lead to more concessions.According to the Lebanese presidency, the first round of negotiations between Lebanon and...Lebanon awaits the US presidential elections, but will collapse faster while it waits
Hezbollah and its sponsors in Tehran realized that they do not have to make concessions in Lebanon – or anywhere else for that matter – before the US presidential elections on November 3. They would...Lebanon between France’s roadmap and US sanctions
It seems Paris and Washington are playing “good cop, bad cop” when it comes to Lebanon. French President Emmanuel Macron promises aid money the country desperately needs if the Lebanese political...After Beirut explosion, can the international community protect Lebanese protesters?
It is not a good sign when the Lebanese security forces – which are supposed to protect the Lebanese people – decide to side with the criminals against the victims. It is also not a good sign when the...After the Beirut explosion, Lebanon’s political elite should be forced out
As soon as US State Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale landed in Beirut on Thursday a week after the deadly port explosion, the Lebanese parliament approved a state of emergency, giving...Israel's war between wars against Iran escalates in Syria
In Israel’s latest wave of escalating attacks in Syria, the former seems to have targeted a major Iranian-backed ammunition depot on the edge of Damascus on Monday. However, Iran’s response to...