Qifa Nabki is a blog about Lebanese politics written by Elias Muhanna, a PhD candidate in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at the Stanford University Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

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Assad and ISIS

A veteran journalist, Roy Gutman, has written a series of three articles for the Daily Beast with the suggestive titles, “Assad Henchman: Here’s How We Built ISIS” (part 1); “How Assad Staged Alqaeda Bombings” (part 2); and “How ISIS returned to Syria” (part 3). The gist of the series is that the Assad...

Dec 7, 2016, 11:55 PM
Aoun and the Future

A couple of years ago, shortly before the end of President Michel Sleiman’s term in office, I wrote an essay asking why Lebanon needed a President, given the relative powerlessness of the position. Here’s the payoff paragraph: Twenty-five years after Ta’if inaugurated Lebanon’s Second Republic and nearly nine years after the...

Nov 22, 2016, 11:31 PM
The Geography of Small Places

Hello, everyone. This blog has been a little sleepy for the past year or so, as I’ve wrapped up the long-running book projects that have kept me so preoccupied. With those now off my desk, I thought I’d try turning the crank and seeing if everything still runs here the way it used to. Here’s … Continue reading →

Nov 18, 2016, 7:38 PM


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