On January 16 in The Hague, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will open the trial of the suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafiq Hariri and 21 others who died with him. This trial can be important for Lebanon, for the region, and for the United Nations' tribunals because it carries the hope of ending a culture of impunity in Lebanon and in introducing a new culture that chooses the courts and the rule of law over revenge, retribution, and violence in the Middle East. The outcome of the trial has stark implications for the future of Lebanon and for international justice.
The military government that is fast taking shape in Egypt will strengthen the hands of the hardliners across the region, writes Haleh Esfandiari in The New York Times.
The Peace Index project is conducted at the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research of Tel Aviv University, headed by Prof. Ephraim Yaar and Dr. Tamar Hermann. The telephone interviews for the Peace Index were conducted by the B. I. Cohen Institute of Tel Aviv University from May 4-6, 2004 and included 581 interviewees who represent the adult Jewish and Arab population of Israel (including the territories and the kibbutzim).
Haleh Esfandiari, Joshua Stacher , and Aaron Miller discuss the latest developments in the Middle East. In our second segment, Cynthia Arnson provides insight into the re-election of Hugo Chavez.
USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright’s book Rock the Casbah has won the Cornelius Ryan Award for best non-fiction book on international affairs.
David Ottaway comments on President Obama's speech to Congress making his case for military action against Syria.
Recent events in the Middle East, including Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and the results of Israeli and Palestinian elections, generated varied reactions among panelists at a May 10 conference, which featured current and former government officials from the region. This was one of several recent meetings to discuss the unfolding situation.
Situated between Israel and Syria, Lebanon sits in the center of a region experiencing an unprecedented period of change. Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Fuad Siniora discusses the impact of the Arab Spring on his country, the conflict in Syria, and the future of the region.