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The Banking Sector In Lebanon And The Roots Of Corruption

interview with Russell A. Berman, Alain Bifanivia The Caravan Notebook
Thursday, October 14, 2021

A discussion with Alain Bifani, former Director General of the Lebanese Ministry of Finance.

Israel In The Fall Of 2021: Domestic And Foreign Policy Challenges

by Itamar Rabinovichvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

This essay presents and analyzes Israel’s current rich domestic and foreign policy agenda. Among its focal points is the end of Benjamin Netanyahu’s lengthy tenure as prime minister, the political paralysis of the past two years, and the formation of Naftali Bennett’s government. It argues that this diverse and fragile coalition government cannot cope with Israel’s fundamental problems, especially with regard to the Palestinian issue, but represents a potential transition to more orderly politics.

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Yemen, Al-Qaida, And The Jihadi Threat

interview with Cole Bunzel, Elisabeth Kendallvia The Caravan Notebook
Monday, October 4, 2021

A Discussion with Elisabeth Kendall.

The Origin Of The Crisis In The Lebanese Banking Sector

by Alain Bifanivia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Lebanon offers a case study in financial collapse. Never had an economy fallen so brutally, nor had a banking crisis been left so unmanaged, with predatory and irresponsible elites denying evidence of deterioration as depositors’ money evaporated. The failure was abrupt but originated from an illness that started long ago. This paper follows the crisis through its various stages to its lowest depths and warns that it risks changing Lebanon forever.

What We, The United States of America, Want | The Haqqani Network Must Not Be Allowed to Hold U.S. Interests Hostage

by Melissa Skorkavia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Over the last half-century, the Haqqani network has grown from a relatively small, tribal-based jihadist network into one of the most powerful terrorist syndicates in South Asia. And now, with the return of its Taliban allies to government in Afghanistan, this designated foreign-terrorist organization holds significant political power

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The Syrian Crisis: A Focus on Daraa, ‘Cradle of the Revolution‘

interview with Russell A. Berman, Joel D. Rayburnvia The Caravan Notebook
Friday, September 10, 2021

A discussion with Col. (Ret.) Joel Rayburn, former US Special Envoy for Syria.

The Limits Of Israeli Sea Power And The Threat Of Escalation With Iran

by Samuel Helfontvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Israel is in undergoing a major naval buildup, but it is still unable to address ongoing Iranian threats to its commercial shipping. In the past, Israel’s lack of naval options to solve maritime disputes has led it to launch broader wars, and Jerusalem has threatened to escalate the current conflict. The Biden administration needs to ensure that Israeli-Iranian skirmishes at sea do not balloon into a broader war.

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The Return Of The Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan: A Conversation With Asfandyar Mir

interview with Cole Bunzel, Asfandyar Mirvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Asfandyar Mir joins the podcast to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, the political dynamics of the Taliban, and the threat of al-Qaida and the Islamic State.

Islam In Taiwan: The Unlikely Story Of An Important Global Partnership

by Kelly Anne Hammondvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

There is an important community of Muslims in Taiwan that has long provided a leverage point for the island government in its international posturing in relation to the Chinese Communist Party. Examining Taiwan’s engagement with Muslims also brings together two seemingly unrelated aspects of US foreign policy: Washington's forceful criticism of Beijing’s mistreatment of the Muslim Uyghur population in Xinjiang, and its reiterated commitment to the defense of Taiwan. 

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Lebanon: Between Economic Crisis And Sectarian Conflict

interview with Russell A. Berman, Paul Woodvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

A discussion with Paul Wood.


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The Caravan Notebook is a platform for essays and podcasts that offer commentary on a variety of subjects, ranging from current events to cultural trends, and including topics that are too local or too specific from the larger questions addressed quarterly in The Caravan

We will draw on the membership of Hoover's Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on the Middle East and the Islamic World, and on colleagues elsewhere who work that same political and cultural landscape. Hoover senior fellow Russell Berman directs the project from which this effort originates.