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The Islamic State and the International Politics of Statehood in the Middle East

The Islamic State and the International Politics of Statehood in the Middle East

The legacy left by the Islamic State may indeed be the creation of a new state in the region – but it is more likely to be a Kurdish state than one of its own.

Is Israel’s Deterrence vis-à-vis Hizbollah Diminishing?

Is Israel’s Deterrence vis-à-vis Hizbollah Diminishing?

The launch of missiles and public provocation against Israel give Hizbollah, Iran and Syria much prestige without risking any significant retaliation due to the current election season.

Lebanon and the Syria Crisis

Lebanon and the Syria Crisis

With Syria descending into all out civil war, neighboring Lebanon finds itself in a precarious spot. The Lebanese government’s equivocal stance may prove impossible to continue.

Syria: The Death of a Nation?

Syria: The Death of a Nation?

Months after the outbreak of the uprising in Syria, Damascus continues its steady descent into sectarian strife and is at the epicenter of a regional struggle that may well shape the new political contours of the Middle East.

The Lebanese Cabinet Wears Hezbollah (And Iranian) Colours

The Lebanese Cabinet Wears Hezbollah (And Iranian) Colours

Looking ahead there are two major concerns for Lebanon. Firstly, if a new government cannot kick start the ailing economy and publicly support the Lebanese people by providing much needed water and electricity projects, then Hezbollah’s influence will grow, as Iranian money will finance vital social programmes, as witnessed already in the south of the country.

Ghajar Divided Again

Ghajar Divided Again

On 17 November, the residents of Ghajar took to the streets to protest against the Israeli Security Cabinet’s approval of a plan to unilaterally withdraw the Israel Defence Force (IDF) from the northern half of the village. This move is only the latest episode in the unfortunate history of Ghajar.

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