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Iraq, Syria & Lebanon

Drums of War: Israel and the "Axis of Resistance"

MENA Report Nº97, 2 August 2010

The Israeli-Lebanese border is exceptionally calm and uniquely dangerous, both for the same reason: fear that a new round of hostilities would be far more violent and could spill over regionally.

Recent Reports

Drums of War: Israel and the "Axis of Resistance", MENA Report Nº97, 2 Aug 2010

The Israeli-Lebanese border is exceptionally calm and uniquely dangerous, both for the same reason: fear that a new round of hostilities would be far more violent and could spill over regionally.

Lebanon’s Politics: The Sunni Community and Hariri’s Future Current, MENA Report Nº96, 26 May 2010

To succeed, Prime Minister Saad Hariri faces the challenge of moving Lebanon from the logic of sectarian mobilisation and confrontation in which it has been embroiled. Much will depend on others but his role as head of a national unity government makes him central.

Iraq's Uncertain Future: Elections and Beyond, Middle East Report N°94, 25 Feb 2010

As a rule, Iraq’s post-Saddam elections have tended to magnify pre-existing negative trends.

Reshuffling the Cards? (II): Syria's New Hand, Middle East Report N°93, 16 Dec 2009

Syria typically, and at times justifiably, brings to mind stagnation and immobility. Yet, over recent years, change has been afoot.

Reshuffling the Cards? (I): Syria's Evolving Strategy, Middle East Report N°92, 14 Dec 2009

Syria’s foreign policy sits atop a mountain of apparent contradictions that have long bedevilled outsiders.

Iraq's New Battlefront: The Struggle over Ninewa, Middle East Report N°90, 28 Sep 2009

Violence in much of Iraq is at lower levels than in years past but, in Ninewa, the carnage continues.

Iraq and the Kurds: Trouble Along the Trigger Line, Middle East Report N°88, 8 Jul 2009

As sectarian violence in Iraq has ebbed over the past year, a new and potentially just as destructive political conflict has arisen between the federal government and the Kurdistan regional government in Erbil.

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Lebanon’s Elections: Avoiding a New Cycle of Confrontation, Middle East Report N°87, 4 Jun 2009

Lebanon’s 7 June elections risk offering a false hope. That the parties agreed to shift their conflict from street to ballot box is surely a good thing, but it should not be misinterpreted.

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Nurturing Instability: Lebanon's Palestinian Refugee Camps, Middle East Report N°84, 19 Feb 2009

The vast Palestinian refugee population is routinely forgotten and ignored in much of the Middle East. Not so in Lebanon.

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Engaging Syria? U.S. Constraints and Opportunities, Middle East Report N°83, 11 Feb 2009

Candidate Obama pledged that his Middle East policy would include re-engagement with Syria; President Obama will find that the past is not easily overcome.

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Iraq: The Impasse

Joost Hiltermann
The New York Review of Books, 21 Jul 2010

Iraq's Summer of Uncertainty

Joost Hiltermann
The New York Review of Books, 4 Jun 2010

Ruling Baghdad

Joost Hiltermann
The National Interest, 10 May 2010

Kurdistan Election Decided

Joost Hiltermann
National Interest, 9 Mar 2010
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