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Wed, Aug 25, 2021

Lebanese politicians look for handouts instead of reforms

Lebanese politicians are allowing for Lebanon’s collapse while hoping for as much international aid as possible with as little strings attached.

MENASource by Paul Gadalla

Lebanon Middle East

Thu, Aug 12, 2021

Hezbollah walks tightrope between two opposing goals to deter Israel

On August 5, an Israeli airstrike in south Lebanon—targeting an open area from which rockets had been launched at Israel by unidentified militants in the third such incident since May 19—prompted Hezbollah’s rocket attack.

MENASource by David Daoud

Israel Lebanon

Wed, Aug 11, 2021

Rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel again. Another game of brinkmanship?

While Lebanon descends into ever greater political, economic, and social turmoil, a new dynamic appears to be emerging along Lebanon’s simmering southern border with Israel. It potentially threatens the balance of deterrence that has helped prevent a major escalation of hostilities for fifteen years.

MENASource by Nicholas Blanford

Israel Lebanon

Wed, Aug 4, 2021

It’s been a year since the Beirut blast. Now the unemployed are turning to tech.

The tech sector may be one of the only fields of employment that has been relatively unaffected by Lebanon's political and socio-economic crisis.

MENASource by Sarah Page

Lebanon Middle East

Wed, Aug 4, 2021

Hezbollah blames Lebanon’s economic collapse on the United States

One year from the August 4 Beirut port explosion, Lebanon continues to free-fall into utter dysfunction as it unravels under the pressure of its worst economic crisis in decades, high rates of COVID-19 infections, an indifferent political class, and Hezbollah's control over critical junctures of the Lebanese state.

Issue Brief by David Daoud

Americas Economy & Business

Tue, Jul 13, 2021

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: What does its closure mean for Lebanon?

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is set to cease operations at the end of July due to lack of funds as Beirut sinks deeper into economic and political crisis. Atlantic Council experts react to what the closure means for Lebanon.

MENASource by Nicholas Blanford, David Daoud, Gissou Nia, Reem Salahi

Lebanon Middle East

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Sales quoted in Le Point on Hezbollah and France

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Extremism

Fri, Mar 12, 2021

Hezbollah is using propaganda to cover its deterrence deficit with Israel

Hezbollah won’t necessarily suspend all operations against its archenemy, but it will have to deftly navigate both Lebanon’s predicaments and its support base’s expectations.

MENASource by David Daoud

Lebanon Middle East

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

Blanford quoted in Gulf News on religion in the Lebanese government

In the News

Lebanon Middle East

Mon, Feb 8, 2021

Hezbollah won’t avenge Qasem Soleimani’s death—for now

As the first anniversary of Qasem Soleimani’s demise came and went, the group’s leadership reiterated its promise to exact retribution for the fallen Quds Force commander—but Hezbollah is even more constrained now than before.

IranSource by David Daoud

Iran Lebanon