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Hezbollah fighter's funeral

Hezbollah in Syria: a gamble too far?

04.18.17

Despite incurring heavy losses, Hezbollah stands to gain from its participation in the Syrian civil war on the side of Assad.

Operation Inherent Resolve

Prospects for peace in Syria: Can Trump help?

04.13.17

According to Robert Ford, former US Ambassador to Syria, there is “not much” the United States can do to shape the outcome of the conflict.

Bashar al-Assad smiling

To Assad and his admirers, Trump offers ‘hope and change’

01.24.17

Donald Trump has vowed to end US support for Syrian rebel groups, delighting backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

International Relations and Security
Michel Aoun

President Aoun has no quick fix to Lebanon’s challenges

12.28.16

The Syrian refugee crisis, corruption, and unraveling political coalitions are among the many problems facing Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Russian military in Syria

Russia, Syria, and the ‘new Cold War’

12.19.16

Russia intervened in the Syrian war to redefine the international balance of power, not as a brotherly commitment to defend his Arab ally.

Middle East Weekly podcast

Podcast: Rebel Aleppo’s final hours, Morocco migration, and bombings in Istanbul

12.16.16

Middle East Weekly discusses rebel Aleppo’s final hours, a migration route through Morocco to Europe, and last week’s deadly bombing in Istanbul.

Yasser Arafat and Fidel Castro

Middle East leaders mourn Fidel Castro

11.29.16

Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader who ruled Cuba for nearly half a century, died on November 25 at the age of 90. Despite Cuba’s small size and the long distance separating it from the Middle East, Castro’s Cuba played an active role in the region in the 1960s and 70s. Claiming to act in promotion […]

Politics

Russia and Iran: the best of friends, the worst of friends

11.27.16

Embed from Getty Images Since 2011, conflict and political upheavals have rocked the Middle East, challenging traditional alliances and the balance of power in the region. New relationships have developed – most noticeably cooperation between Russia and Iran, particularly in Syria. To look further into this new landscape, JMEPP spoke with Mark N. Katz, professor of government […]

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