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Hanin Ghaddar
Hanin Ghaddar

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.

Lebanon’s judicial independence is vital for the nation’s democracy

International diplomatic efforts have increased in the past few weeks as the Saudi and Kuwaiti ambassadors returned to Lebanon, supported by a French policy that focuses on the May 15 parliamentary...

A Gulf return to Lebanon should entail a new policy

After months of a diplomatic row between Lebanon and Gulf countries and the withdrawal of four Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ambassadors from Beirut, political and media reports revealed that the...

Supplying the wheat to Lebanon should accompany reforms

The war in Ukraine has hit the world in different ways. In the beginning, cast your eyes on the flow of refugees and diplomatic tension; however, food security has become one of the possible long-term...

Feeding Lebanon’s energy and securing maritime border needs government commitment

Lebanon’s energy sector has been the focus of the international community through two initiatives: the maritime border demarcation with Israel and the electricity and gas deals with Jordan and Egypt....

Hezbollah’s return to the government is a political trap

After three months of boycotting cabinet sessions, Hezbollah finally announced that it would return – with its ally, the Amal Movement - to the political table, but with the caveat of several...

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t: Gebran Bassil’s political days are numbered

The head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, made headlines last week when he stated that his party’s Memorandum of Understanding with Hezbollah – signed in 2006 - is faltering.He opened...

It is time for Lebanon’s people to choose their side in the war against Hezbollah

The Lebanon-Gulf crisis took a new turn last week when Hezbollah held a press conference in Beirut, hosting Bahrain’s Shia al-Wefaq opposition party. The event pushed the Bahraini foreign ministry to...

America’s Plan B must consider sanctioning Iran’s regional operations

The seventh round of indirect negotiations to revive the 2015 JCOBA agreement has ended in Vienna without progress. Each party blamed the other for the failure of the negotiations so far.As Tehran...