Makram Rabah

Makram Rabah

Makram Rabah is an Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut, Department of History. His book Conflict on Mount Lebanon: The Druze, the Maronites and Collective Memory (Edinburgh University Press) covers collective identities and the Lebanese Civil War.

Hezbollah’s UNIFIL ambush with impunity from the world breeds terror

Last Wednesday night, the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL), who have been operating since 1978, were reminded of the scary reality of their deployment in a volatile area. Iran’s......

Lebanese Israeli demarcation isn’t necessarily the real deal

Over the past week, a wave of optimism dominated Lebanon’s political scene with the news of a potential conclusion of the US-led mediation efforts to restrict the Lebanese-Israel maritime border. This......

Iran’s regional position no less satanic than the verses it opposes

Three weeks have passed since the violent attack on the renowned British writer Salman Rushdie, the author of the controversial book the Satanic Verses. When it was published in 1988 it earned him a......

Two years after the Beirut Port Blast impunity reigns supreme

Two years after the apocalyptic Beirut Port explosion, which destroyed half of the Lebanese capital, the deep scars and trauma of the people and its physical destruction of the buildings still lingers......

Biden’s Middle East tour did little to aid Lebanon’s crises

As the wheels of Air Force One, the US presidential plane, hit the tarmac at Tel Aviv airport, many presumed that this is the unraveling of American Middle East policy. His regional tour would affect......

The futile quest to form the next Lebanese government  

The recent parliamentary election, which took place in Lebanon in mid-May, was theoretically a chance for this failed state to regain a semblance of normalcy. It should have jumpstarted a political......

Naming Nawaf Salam Lebanon’s Prime Minster is the sensible thing to do

Yesterday, the newly elected Lebanese parliament headed to the presidential palace to conduct the binding consultation with President Michael Aoun to name a Prime Minister designee. However, this......

Lebanon blows hot air in gas exploration dispute with Israel

It is interesting how the entire Lebanese population, including myself, has suddenly become experts in maritime demarcation, gas exploitation, and production authorities.It amplified with Israel’s......