• Itani on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

    International Justice Tribune quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Fellow Faysal Itani on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's newly reissued mandate to try those accused of carrying out the 2005 assassination of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri:

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  • The Socioeconomics Behind the al-Nusra Bombings

    Syria’s Nusra Front has claimed two bombings on Lebanese interests in the last month. The first targeted Lebanese Shia pilgrims in Damascus, Syria; the second was a suicide bombing that rocked Tripoli, Lebanon last January.
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  • Saab: Hezbollah Hesitates?

    Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab cowrites for Foreign Affairs with Daniel Byman on the Syrian conflict and Hezbollah:

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  • Saab: "This Is a New Hezbollah"

    International Business Times quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on the recent raid Israel carried out on senior Hezbollah figures:

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  • Lebanese Visa Restrictions Set Significant Precedent for Syrian Refugees

    In an interview with the New Atlanticist, Faysal Itani, a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, argues that the Lebanese government’s decision to impose visa restrictions on Syrian refugees sets a “significant precedent.”
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  • A Troubling New Obstacle for Syrians Fleeing War

    Lebanon’s Restriction on Entry Sets ‘Significant Precedent,’ Atlantic Council’s Itani Says

    This week’s decision by the Lebanese government to impose visa restrictions on Syrians fleeing a bloody civil war is “quite dramatic” and sets a “significant precedent” for Syria’s neighbors, which are struggling to care for masses of refugees, according to Faysal Itani, resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

    Under the new measures, which came into effect on January 5, Syrians will have to obtain a visa before crossing into Lebanon, which has received more than one million Syrian refugees amid the country’s almost 4.5 million population since the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad in March of 2011.

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  • Itani on What Is Ahead for Lebanon

    The Daily Star quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Fellow Faysal Itani on what Lebanon can expect in 2015:

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  • Hezbollah in a Time of Transition

    With the Middle East in flux and sectarianism on the rise, the Lebanese group finds itself overtaxed and on the defensive.

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    The Syrian conflict is transforming the Lebanese Hezbollah. A movement that long claimed to transcend sectarianism is now the longest pole in the Syrian regime’s tent, and has become a bogeyman to the region’s Sunni community. At the same time, Hezbollah’s deep involvement in the Syrian civil war has damaged its position in Lebanon and even led to questions within its Shi’ite base. The conflict with Israel, while still a focus of rhetoric, has faded to the background. 

    Hezbollah in a Time of Transition, by Brent Scowcroft Center...

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  • French Foreign Minister: Anti-ISIL Coalition Must Also Save 300,000 Lives In Aleppo

    Syria's second-largest city and part of humanity's ancient heritage, Aleppo is the martyred center of the resistance to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,
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  • Saab on al-Nusra Front's Aspirations

    The Daily Star quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on the al-Nusra Front's recent attempts to destroy resources from the Lebanon-based Hezbollah: 

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