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The Syrian Spiral

The Syrian Spiral

As I write these words, demonstrations are unfolding in the public squares of Syrian cities and towns, as they have done every Friday for the last eleven months, since the people of Dir’a first took to the streets to manifest their discontent at the indignities imposed upon them by the Asad regime. Grainy scenes of […]

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Lebanon: The Year in Review (So Far…)

Lebanon: The Year in Review (So Far…)

2011 began with yet another governmental crisis for Lebanon, as the ministers affiliated to the March 8 coalition walked out of Premier Saad Hariri’s cabinet, forcing its collapse. With impeccable (and, no doubt, carefully calculated) timing, the representatives of Hizballah, its Shiite frenemy AMAL, and the Free Patriotic Movement, led by the revenchard General Michel […]

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Assad the Orientalist

Assad the Orientalist

An interview with the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared in the Sunday edition of the London newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the President’s first with the foreign press since protests broke out across Syria some eight months ago. In his exchange with the English journalist Andrew Gilligan, Assad mounted a defense of his own rule […]

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Andrew Arsan

Andrew Arsan is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. A historian of Lebanon and the Lebanese diaspora, he divides his time between the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East.

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