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.

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Going nuclear: It’s Iran’s shadow economy that’s the danger

The ongoing talks in Vienna to restore the nuclear deal between the United States and the Iranian regime has been no short of a rollercoaster ride. Both sides have declared an imminent positive......

Expect the anti-Western axis to turn against Putin

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second week, the world is slowly starting to realize this watershed event as having multiple repercussions on their economic and political future and,......

An open letter about the Lebanon crises to the UN’s António Guterres

Dear Mr. António Guterres,I am writing to you as a citizen of the occupied Republic of Lebanon, which you visited a few months ago to show solidarity with its people. Your visit, unfortunately, had......

The Druze shift of stance in Syria will worry Bashar al-Assad

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Little hope for Lebanon from the return of the Mikati government

Last week Hezbollah and its ally the Amal Movement, led by Speaker Nabih Berri, announced the suspension of their boycott of the Najib Mikati cabinet. In October, they started the sanction with the......

China’s interests have moved from Africa to other regions ripe for trade

While growing up in the 1980s, my generation was lucky to enjoy several cartoons and animated series, many of which were dubbed in Arabic as was the trend. Amongst them was Astroganger, a super robot......

Lebanon’s New Year Resolutions… hopefully

The following is a work of satire and black humor forecasting what Lebanon’s so-called political elite will do during 2022 to fix the sinking ship.The country’s ruling establishment has proven over......

UN Chief’s Lebanon visit was all talk and no action

For UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres his four-day trip to Lebanon was one last chance to save this small nation from its never-ending descent into chaos, but the conclusion of his Lebanese......