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The Christian Vote

I’m personally not so interested in questions like: “Who is the most popular Christian leader in Lebanon, according to Christians themselves…?” But it seems that many others (including a few readers of this blog) are interested in precisely this question, so I’ve decided to look into it. First, a methodological puzzle. How do you go … Continue reading

Saad al-Hariri Takes the Helm

Four years after his father’s assassination, Saad al-Hariri has been nominated to the premiership. He received the votes of allĀ  71 March 14 MP’s, plus another 12 MP’s from opposition leader Nabih Berri’s bloc (presumably as a quid-pro-quo for Berri’s re-nomination as speaker). While Hizbullah did not lend its support to Hariri’s nomination, one has … Continue reading

Coalition of the Unwilling

I have a short piece over at‘s “The Argument” blog about the cabinet formation. Here are the first couple of paragraphs, with a link to the rest. Come on back and comment, if you’re so inclined. Coalition of the Unwilling By Elias Muhanna When the March 14 coalition won a parliamentary majority in Lebanon’s … Continue reading

Deconstructing the Popular Vote

Scarcely a day goes by without an opposition leader reminding the Lebanese public about which side won the popular vote in the last election. Interestingly, though, I have not yet read much analysis that attempts to explain exactly how the opposition managed to win as much as 10% more of the popular vote while still … Continue reading

Qnion Series Launched

As per popular demand, the Qnion posts now have their own tag and introductory page. Click the relevant tab on the page header (at the very top, above the cow graphic), and you’ll be able to view the entire series. I’ve been on the road for the past several days. As it turns out, hotel … Continue reading

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