My friend Mohamad has a review of Neil MacFarquhar’s new book on the region. I like the title and was interested to hear that MacFarquhar actually grew up in Libya. He’s in Iran now and has just done a piece on the Basij that’s worth reading.
Otherwise, Mohamad was recently interviewed on the CFR website about post-election Lebanon in which he predicts a Hariri premiership and says that the Patriarch’s pre-election remarks are what tipped the balance toward March 14 at the expense of Aoun. As usual, when Mohamad talks about Lebanon, it’s worth reading.