In an interview with TRT World, Middle East expert Joe Macaron says Donald Trump's bullying tactics against Lebanon, including sanctioning its politicians, could have a negative impact on US leverage and priorities in the Muslim-majority country.
With three fronts potentially encroaching on its oil and gas-rich waters, Lebanon has few options for international arbitration.
Amid Saudi offers of economic help and Iran’s military support, it might be harder than ever for Lebanon to insulate itself from regional conflict.
The economic and political crises facing Lebanon will not be solved until the political structure is overhauled.
Hezbollah should be careful what it wishes for because if the stalemate continues, then chaos could be the perfect setting for a potential Israeli strike.
Syrian refugees are heading back from Lebanon in very low numbers. Many are exhausted with the UN and the dehumanising living conditions in Lebanon, forcing them to risk their lives. But their fate is still a mystery in Assad’s Syria.
The UN’s days in Lebanon may now be numbered. Syrian refugees are trickling back to Syria against a shameful backdrop of UN failures.
Lebanon is heading towards its first election since 2009. Known as a microcosm of the Middle East, Lebanon continues to reflect greater Saudi-Iranian tensions in the region as the new internal dynamics have started to affect its political balances.
The first year of Donald Trump's presidency has seen the Arab country becoming one of the US' closest allies in the Middle East. But how effective has it been?
"Lebanon cannot resolve a question like Hezbollah which is in Syria, Iraq, everywhere because of Iran. It is a regional political solution that needs to be done," says Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Lebanon's Saad al Hariri has been in Saudi Arabia since last week, having resigned from his post as prime minister citing threats to his life.
The advice comes just days after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his sudden resignation while on an official visit to Saudi Arabia. Two top Lebanese government officials have accused Riyadh of holding Hariri against his will.
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