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A Victory for Whom? Lessons from the 1982 and 2006 Lebanon Wars

June 12, 2018

By Jessica “Zhanna” Malekos Smith    ‘Historia (Inquiry); so that the actions of people will not fade with time.’[1] Herodotus   Although Israel achieved a tactical victory in the First Lebanon War, it was a ‘strategic mishap’ because it catalyzed Hezbollah’s formation, failed to produce a durable peace agreement with Lebanon and set in motion the … Continue reading “A Victory for Whom? Lessons from the 1982 and 2006 Lebanon Wars”


Lessons from Israel’s Security Zone: from ‘Pumpkin’ to the Present

September 5, 2016

By: Lauren Mellinger Ten years ago, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 brought the Second Lebanon War to an end. Almost immediately journalists, historians and policy analysts began grappling with the significance of the 34-day conflict. Yet to date, the pivotal events in the years that preceded that war – namely, the 15-year period between … Continue reading “Lessons from Israel’s Security Zone: from ‘Pumpkin’ to the Present”


A third Lebanon War?

September 22, 2015

By Matthew Williams: The volatile relationship between Israel and Hizbullah has worsened since early 2015 and has threatened to deteriorate into open war. A Third Lebanon War would have significant repercussions not only for Israel, but for the entire region. Lebanon faces a major crisis: it now contains over 1-1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees; and … Continue reading “A third Lebanon War?”


Hezbollah in Syria: a game of high stakes

June 19, 2015

By Kitty Veress: The Western world has been quick to label Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria and Iraq as nefarious and threatening while failing to consider the wider strategic implications. A more comprehensive perspective is needed to evaluate the risks and opportunities the extremist Shi’ite group faces in its support of the Syrian regime. The potential … Continue reading “Hezbollah in Syria: a game of high stakes”


An elusive stalemate: Israel and Hezbollah along the tri-border

May 22, 2015

By Sebastian Maier: When the Israeli Air Force on 12 January 2015 allegedly carried out a sortie against a Hezbollah military convoy in the south western Syrian district of Quneitra, news spread quickly that among the victims was a prominent figure of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force special unit, General Allah Dadi. The purported … Continue reading “An elusive stalemate: Israel and Hezbollah along the tri-border”


Is Lebanon next? The threat of a Syrian conflict spillover

November 24, 2012

By Lorena Fortuno Last month, Wissam al-Hassan, a senior Lebanese security official who had worked to counter Syrian influence in Lebanon, was killed in a large explosion in one of Beirut’s Christian neighbourhoods. The murder of Al Hassan was highly significant as he was one of the main investigators of the car bomb explosion that … Continue reading “Is Lebanon next? The threat of a Syrian conflict spillover”


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