Deporting Syrians: A ploy to propel Lebanon’s US-backed army chief into power?
Did Lebanon's US-backed army commander exploit the Syrian refugee crisis and incite clashes with them to catapult himself into the highly-contested Lebanese presidency? The US silence on Joseph Aoun's illegal deportations last week is deafening.
Israel’s uncertain future in the wake of Great Power conflict
As global power dynamics continue to shift, Israel's close western alignment could limit its ability to engage with emerging powers in the east. Arch-rival Iran, which has established ties with Russia and China, will be better positioned to gain from the shifting geopolitical landscape.