New AtlanticistOct 16, 2023
What was Hamas thinking? And what is it thinking now?
By Alan Pino
Ahead of the October 7 attacks, Hamas may have believed Israel was weakened, distracted, and divided by its internal political turmoil. But it also may have misjudged both the international support it will enjoy and Israeli determination to sustain the fight now.
New AtlanticistOct 11, 2023
What to expect from Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza
By Alex Plitsas
Israel appears set to initiate a months-long ground campaign that is designed to completely eliminate the terrorist threat posed by Hamas and to prevent and deter a attack like October 7 from ever happening again
MENASourceSep 27, 2023
Hezbollah’s assertive posture in south Lebanon places UNIFIL in a difficult position
By Nicholas Blanford
Not only has there been an uptick in activity in recent months along the Blue Line, but Hezbollah has also been establishing a new and visible military footprint.
MENASourceJun 20, 2023
‘Any nationality just not Syrian’: Refugee deportations surge in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey
By Arwa Damon
While Syria’s neighboring countries have long been struggling to host their Syrian refugee populations, with many, like Lebanon, being in a complete crisis of their own, the sheer lack of care provided to refugees is inhumane.
MENASourceMay 16, 2023
Syrian refugees fear normalization with Assad. Because it means they will have to return—and not by choice.
By Arwa Damon
Syrian refugees fear that “normalization” of ties will boost the narrative that “Syria is safe now,” giving further justification to rid Syrian refugee populations.