Recasting the Levant
The approach in the Levant should be to hold and manage territory using international military force, deterring further escalations, for the indefinite future until informal... Read More
Ain Al-Hilweh redux – what’s still Palestinian in those refugee camps?
Today, some 51 years following the establishment of Palestinian refugee camps on Lebanese soil (Ain al-Hilweh was among the first), we must ask ourselves a... Read More
Lebanon’s refugee crisis through a sectarian lens
It is important to reflect on the essential role sectarianism has played in preventing the Lebanese State from establishing an effective and rational asylum policy... Read More
Fewer refugees, more refugeeism – why is it so?
As Lebanon prepares to commemorate 100 years of “statehood” two years from now, it apparently neglected during that century to develop the legal tools it... Read More
Lebanon’s parliamentary elections – women shattering the glass ceiling?
After almost a decade of delays that stalled Lebanon’s political process, parliamentary elections held next month will be a watershed moment for women and youth... Read More
Is a war between Israel and Iran/Hezbollah imminent? – part two
The irony is that none of the players involved directly or indirectly in the civil war in Syria want to escalate the conflict by threatening... Read More
Is a war between Israel and Iran/Hezbollah imminent?
Hezbollah, with the full support of Iran, will maintain its threatening posture toward Israel by continuing its efforts to increase its stockpile of weapons, but... Read More
Changing male attitudes in the Middle East and the world – what does it take?
Social expectations about masculinity both shape and are shaped by conflict. A programme being run in Lebanon creates safe spaces where young men can think... Read More
Lebanon’s enduring contradictions
A century later, and after several civil wars and invasions, not much has changed in how different Lebanese communities invent and reinvent their national identities.
Refugees and the media in Lebanon
A poisonous attitude has emerged among the media reporting on the refugee crisis in Lebanon. Bias and racism are being used to blame domestic problems... Read More
Lebanon – between normalised violence and a politics of kindness
It is hard to ignore the level of xenophobia and violence, verbal and physical, that exists today in Lebanon.
The disappeared of Lebanon – the unfinished story of a finished war
The people that disappeared during Lebanon’s civil war have haunted the country for years. But what have the authorities done to help?There remains a cruel... Read More
Lebanon in the eye of the regional storm
Hizbollah’s proven armed capability in Syria, Israel’s perceived political defeat in 2006, coupled with a possible US and Saudi green light, may make confrontation inevitable.
Lebanon – Iran’s collateral bonus
Considering the current regional and international conditions, there is almost no hope that anything is still capable of undoing Hezbollah’s “capture” of Lebanon and respectfully... Read More
Lebanon – education in a context of state-imposed amnesia
Young people in Lebanon are growing up with scant knowledge of the country’s history. Students have repeatedly voiced their dismay at this, and teachers have... Read More
Deradicalization in refugee camps and beyond
Host countries cannot be long on talking and short on funding. Any government committed to deradicalizing young men and women must invest, along with private... Read More
UMAM Documentation and Research – he who lies once lies again
UMAM Documentation and Research, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation., responds to recent statements by the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdul Karim... Read More
UMAM Documentation and Research from Lebanon
TransConflict is pleased to showcase the work of UMAM Documentation and Research from Lebanon, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.
Entering a fracture zone
The refugees in the park in Belgrade seem to be part of a fracture zone that is becoming increasingly easy to trace; across Greece, Macedonia... Read More
The great wandering
Mass migration continues to define Europe as a system of human fluid dynamics.
The fractured response of humanitarian aid in Syria
Humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis remains a high priority of national governments and intergovernmental organisations. But the multiplying regional conflicts are hampering all efforts... Read More
Cluster bombs – Saudi use, USA sales, and the review conference on their prohibition
Cluster munitions are imprecise weapons which often fail to detonate on impact, leaving the unexploded bomb lets on the ground, ready to kill or maim... Read More
UMAM Documentation and Research from Lebanon
TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of UMAM Documentation and Research from Lebanon, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.
When fighting terror produces ever more radicals and sectarianism
At a time when Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria is on the cusp of being accepted as just another effort in the general “war on terror,”... Read More
Temperance in the Arab Spring – averting catastrophe through great power politics
The world’s most politically volatile region, the Middle East, has been stabilised through the collective common sense of three Great Powers – the United States,... Read More