Missing the Forest for the Cedars: How the Saudi-Iranian Proxy War is Affecting Lebanon

Matthew Petti, JHU: Even for a region as complex as the Middle East, Lebanese politics are notoriously hard to understand. Lebanon is a “confessional” republic where positions are allotted to and political parties are affiliated with religious sects. Consequently, it is sometimes difficult to follow the various factions and alliances of the country’s multiparty system. […]

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Change, Hope, and Uncertainty amidst the Iranian Vote

Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Under Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, Iran has seen civil change and economic headway become a concrete possibility. That is why the ongoing national elections for the nation’s Parliament and Assembly of Experts have inspired broad optimism among observers within the country and abroad. While final results have not been tallied, initial reports suggest […]

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Mr. Netanyahu Goes to Washington

Dana Busgang, Goucher College: THE INVITE In early January, news broke that Speaker of the House and Republican congressman from Ohio’s 8th district John Boehner, had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. This is not the first time that Netanyahu, whom some have come to refer to as […]

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“The Enemy of My Enemy”

Author: Ashby Henningsen, UMBC ________________________________________________________________________________ The past few months have witnessed a frantic effort by the Obama administration to assemble a broad united front in order to counteract the mounting threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. As of late, this coalition has comprised of actors in the immediate region, such as the United Arab Emirates […]

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