Lebanon at a turning point (Al Arabiya)

Endemic and persistent corruption, mismanagement, gross mal-governance, and failure to address Lebanon’s economic, social, and environmental challenges have driven protestors to throng the streets amidst bank closures, payment restrictions, and foreign exchange controls.


By Dr. Nasser Saidi

Hezbollah gets its way with new Lebanese government (Al Arabiya)

Almost a month after being designated Prime Minister by Hezbollah and its allies, Hassan Diab unveiled his 20-member cabinet; to the majority of Lebanese, Diab is an utter disappointment.


By Makram Rabah

Libya’s Haftar moving towards a military victory as Europe pushes for peace (Al Arabiya)

General Khalifa Haftar and the Libya National Army (LNA) is edging ever closer to a military victory in the civil war even as world powers push the warring parties towards peace.


Cyril Widdershoven is a Middle East defense energy analyst and the Director at Verocy B.V., a consultancy based in the Netherlands.

America’s unconventional energy revolution a hard act to follow (Al Arabiya)

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking propelled the United States into a state of energy abundance. These technological advances radically transformed the global energy landscape, granting the US the ability to effectively exploit untapped reserves of oil and natural gas. The unconventional energy revolution triggered a series of positive effects on US economy, foreign policy and energy security.


Sultan Althari (@Sultanalthari) is a Masters Candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Student-Affiliate at the Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative.

Pentagon could start global troop rebalance this year: Esper (Al Arabiya)

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested on Thursday he could be ready to start a highly anticipated global force repositioning this year as part of an effort to refocus the Pentagon on challenges from China and Russia.


No talks with Iraq yet on removing US troops: official (Al Arabiya)

The United States has not yet entered into talks with Iraq on the removal of US troops from the country, as demanded by the Iraqi parliament, a senior US official said Thursday.


Russian strikes kill eight civilians in Syria’s Idlib: Monitor (Al Arabiya)

Russian air strikes in Syria’s northwestern region of Idlib on Thursday killed eight civilians, including five children, a war monitor said.


Saudi Arabia to host World Economic Forum Middle East Summit (Al Arabiya)

Saudi Arabia will host a World Economic Forum (WEF) “special meeting” on the Middle East in the Fourth Industrial Revolution in April, WEF President Borge Brende announced in Davos.


Abuse of power, obstruction: The charges against Trump explained (Al Arabiya)

The US Senate on Tuesday may begin to hear opening arguments in an impeachment trial to determine whether to remove President Donald Trump from office on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress in its investigation of his dealings with Ukraine.
The following explains the two charges, or “articles of impeachment,” approved by the US House of Representatives.