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Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Syria’s inconsequential 2021 presidential elections must be ignored

Russia and the United States will still have to contend with Iranian influence and its far more substantial ground presence in Syria.

MENASource by Jomana Qaddour and Danny al-Baaj

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Iran-Syria air defense pact could cause Russian-Iranian friction

Neither Damascus nor Tehran has been happy about Moscow’s unwillingness to enable themselves or Syria to halt Israeli attacks. The signing of the Iran-Syria air defense pact, though, may change this.

MENASource by Mark N. Katz

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Iranian foreign minister’s visit aggravates Iraqi-Saudi rapprochement

All the details were carefully planned for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s first foreign tour since taking office. Saudi Arabia, strongly supported by the United States, was selected as the first destination for the untested Iraqi leader, who is facing insurmountable challenges on the home front. Kadhimi is eagerly looking for quick accomplishments to build […]

MENASource by Abbas Kadhim

Economy & Business Iran

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Lebanon’s fate appears to be irreversibly tied to Syria

With hope for any solution dimming every day, and as Lebanon and Syria’s fate becomes increasingly intertwined, the situation in Beirut will grow more desperate.

MENASource by Mona Alami

Lebanon Middle East

Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Amidst the pandemic, Hezbollah buries fighters killed in Syria

Multiple additional combatant deaths have been reported by media outlets close to Hezbollah since the COVID-19 lockdown, pointing to its continued engagement in military combat and training activities.

MENASource by Lizzie Porter

Lebanon Middle East

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Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Ammonium nitrate didn’t belong to Hezbollah, but they knew about its dangers

Hezbollah is acutely aware of the danger that such chemicals—even if not of a military grade—pose to nearby civilians, perhaps more so than any other entity in Lebanon.

MENASource by David Daoud

Lebanon Middle East

Wed, Aug 5, 2020

Jordan protests met with repression as government changes tactics

The Jordanian government must make a concerted effort to address the serious economic challenges and disparities that have marginalized a majority of Jordanians with little options left but to strike or protest the conditions they face.

MENASource by Tuqa Nusairat

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Aug 4, 2020

Three years after the Caliphate, Iraq’s Christians find little incentive to return

The region’s few remaining Christians find themselves caught between Iran-backed Shia militias and an Iraqi government that, nearly twenty years after the American invasion, is politically paralyzed and still unable to provide basic security and services—let alone protect the country’s embattled minority populations.

MENASource by Paul Gadalla

Iraq Middle East

Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The American moment: Creating a new balance of power in Syria

The United States should seize this moment on changes in the Syrian landscape to create a new balance of power in Damascus.

MENASource by Ayman Abdel Nour and Dania Koleilat Khatib

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The Syrian parliamentary elections were a mockery

All in all, the July 19 result was not great for the Bashar al-Assad regime, but the veneer of a normal election was achieved, especially given that the low turnout could be excused by the pandemic.

MENASource by Michel Duclos

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Syria’s inconsequential 2021 presidential elections must be ignored

Russia and the United States will still have to contend with Iranian influence and its far more substantial ground presence in Syria.

MENASource by Jomana Qaddour and Danny al-Baaj

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Iran-Syria air defense pact could cause Russian-Iranian friction

Neither Damascus nor Tehran has been happy about Moscow’s unwillingness to enable themselves or Syria to halt Israeli attacks. The signing of the Iran-Syria air defense pact, though, may change this.

MENASource by Mark N. Katz

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Iranian foreign minister’s visit aggravates Iraqi-Saudi rapprochement

All the details were carefully planned for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s first foreign tour since taking office. Saudi Arabia, strongly supported by the United States, was selected as the first destination for the untested Iraqi leader, who is facing insurmountable challenges on the home front. Kadhimi is eagerly looking for quick accomplishments to build […]

MENASource by Abbas Kadhim

Economy & Business Iran

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Lebanon’s fate appears to be irreversibly tied to Syria

With hope for any solution dimming every day, and as Lebanon and Syria’s fate becomes increasingly intertwined, the situation in Beirut will grow more desperate.

MENASource by Mona Alami

Lebanon Middle East

Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Amidst the pandemic, Hezbollah buries fighters killed in Syria

Multiple additional combatant deaths have been reported by media outlets close to Hezbollah since the COVID-19 lockdown, pointing to its continued engagement in military combat and training activities.

MENASource by Lizzie Porter

Lebanon Middle East