Why it is too early to call Saudi’s ‘Hariri’ gamble on Lebanon a failure

When Saad al-Hariri was ‘recalled’ to Riyadh to subsequently announce his shock resignation, there was little doubt that the indignation felt by many Lebanese was warranted. If anyone needed a clearer example that Lebanon is flapping helplessly in a sea of opposing Saudi and Iranian currents, then Hariri all but confirmed this. However, Hariri soon left Riyadh for Paris and …

Is the Iraqi Prime Minister facing a coup?

Anyone following Iraq over the past two weeks must confess that it has been everything but boring. From the protests in which the cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr has sought to transform his image into a people’s man, to MP’s emphatically voting to remove the Speaker of Parliament despite not having the required quorum. So what is going on? Put simply, the …