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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is a submissions editor at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

France in Lebanon: the strength of hesitation

French caution over troop deployment in southern Lebanon reflects not cowardly political calculation but military responsibility in face of real risk, says Patrice de Beer.

Lebanon, Lebanon

So answer me this one, please. If you kill a hundred innocent civilians and one terrorist, are you winning or losing the war on terror? "Ah", you may reply, "but that one terrorist could kill two hundred people, a thousand, more!" But then comes another question: if, by killing a hundred innocent people, you are creating five new terrorists in the future, and a popular base clamouring to give them aid and comfort, have you achieved a net gain for future generations of your countrymen, or created the enemy you deserve?

The war on terror: past, present, future

The United States responded to the attacks of 11 September 2001 by declaring a global "war on terror". More recently, it has redefined the conflict as the "long war".

Srebrenica's search for justice

The Serb massacre of around 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in July 1995 remains agony to the survivors, professional challenge to lawyers and scientists, and a source of political polarisation among Bosnians and Serbs, reports Peter Lippman.

The discovery of a mass grave in August 2006 near Zvornik in eastern Bosnia containing the remains of 1,150 Bosnian victims of the Srebrenica massacre is only the most recent evidence of the scale of the atrocity per

Castles built on sand

As Bahrain steps up its economic ambitions, unresolved sectarian tensions in the US-allied, Sunni-led Gulf state threaten to upset a shaky political balance, reports Jane Kinninmont.

Iraq's war of elimination

The intense sectarian violence in Baghdad is not uncontrolled but part of a conscious, organised political strategy by Shi'a and Sunni militias alike, says Zaid Al-Ali.

Israel's bleak post-mortem

Israel's political and military elite are reflecting on the lessons of the war with Hizbollah – and thinking about the next round, says Eric Silver.

Lebanon, Israel, and the 'greater west Asian crisis'

The Lebanon war is one component of the crisis of a new geopolitical region - "greater west Asia" - whose dangers are comparable to those of Europe in 1914, says Fred Halliday.

A phoenix from Lebanon's ruins

Hizbollah's encouragement of a return to normality in southern Lebanon retains the strategic advantage over Israel.

A blow to Israel's heart

The death of the soldier son of the prominent Israeli novelist and peace activist David Grossman symbolises the country's after-war wounds, reports Jan McGirk in Jerusalem.

The Lebanese enigma: strength in weakness

The path to Lebanon's recovery from the latest devastating war with Israel is for Lebanese to understand the source of their homeland's unique political identity, says Jihad N Fakhreddine.

A letter to Israelis

Israelis who imagine that their security can be guaranteed by the exercise of overwhelming military power are trapped in a terrible misunderstanding, says the Lebanese writer Dominique Eddé.

Lebanon through Turkish eyes

The war in Lebanon has reinforced Turkish criticisms of the United States, Israel and Europe alike, says Erdal Gûven.

How the European left supports Lebanon

The left's embrace of an Islamist movement supported by Iranian mullahs would have appalled Karl Marx, says Hazem Saghieh.

Russia and the middle east: post-Soviet flux

A new geopolitical environment – including terrorism and mass emigration – has made Russia’s attitudes and policies towards Lebanon and its region more nuanced than in the Soviet era, reports Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.

An unfinished war

Israel's failure in Lebanon will influence United States calculations over a potential attack on Iran.

Lebanon: the view from Syria

Syrian hearts as well as minds are with Hizbollah, reports Lydia Wilson in Damascus.

In time of war: reason amid rockets

The violent conflict in the middle east makes it ever more urgent to listen to voices of universalism and human solidarity in the spirit of Isaac Deutscher and Hannah Arendt, says Fred Halliday.

The Lebanon war's pivotal moment

Israeli strategy in Lebanon is caught in a vice: agreeing to unfavourable diplomacy or escalating an unwinnable war.

'Whatever happens, Hizbollah has already won'

Lebanese and their fellow Arabs are digesting the war's lessons and debating what comes next. Zaid Al-Ali, in Beirut, reports.

Iran's five-card trick

Iraq, Hizbollah, Palestine, oil, the Shi'a - Iran has a fistful of geopolitical assets in the conflict-ridden middle east. But, asks Roger Hardy, can it use them?

France and Lebanon: diplomacy of tragedy

The Lebanese war has allowed France's president to re-energise his own and the country's political profile, says Patrice de Beer in Paris.

The war in Lebanon has allowed France to reappear as a major partner in international affairs, and a key player in the search for peace in the "country of cedars".

Lebanon: the view from Iran

Iran's state and media are fervent in support of Hizbollah. Are the people persuaded? Kamin Mohammadi, in Tehran, reports.

Why Israel is losing

After four weeks of war in Lebanon, Israel's long-term strategic predicament is becoming clear.

The war in Lebanon: a view from Haifa

The experience of living for four weeks under Hizbollah rocket attacks has only focused Israeli convictions, says Menachem Kellner in Israel’s cosmopolitan port city.

Israel-Lebanon: a battle over modernity

The deep agenda of Israel's assault is to maintain the country's monopoly of modernity in the middle east. But its ending is inexorable and with it Israel's exceptional status in the region, says George Schöpflin.

Lebanon: the view from Pakistan

The war in Lebanon has forged a new unity between secular and religious political forces in Pakistan against Israel and the United States, reports Irfan Husain.

The US and Israel: a marriage under pressure

The flaws in Israel's Lebanese war are straining the loyalties of Tel Aviv's most fervent supporters in Washington.

The middle-east crisis: one woman's view

In the midst of the destruction of civilian lives in Lebanon, women and families on all sides are trying to build bridges against militarisation and for peace, says Pamela Ann Smith.

Beirut: a city in war

Three weeks into the war with Israel, the capital of Lebanon is a city damaged, deserted and in limbo. Paul Cochrane reports.

Lebanon: war takes root

The combination of United States global strategy, Israeli determination and Hizbollah resilience mean only one thing: a long war.

Hizbollah's last stand?

Both Israel and Hizbollah find themselves committed to fresh military strategies that in combination guarantee a long war, writes Zaid Al-Ali in Beirut.

Losing hope in Iraq: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

"Saddam was the ultimate nightmare… but now things are just bad, really bad." Despite a newly elected government, civil war looms ominously on the horizon: what is happening in Iraq and who holds the power? Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, the award-winning photojournalist, talks to openDemocracy about occupation, insurgency, and how his country fell apart.

Israel's strategic impasse

Israel's relentless military assault on Lebanon cannot conceal the crisis of its security doctrine.

Israelity check

People in Jerusalem are keeping a nervous eye on the "situation". But – amid thousands of evacuees from the north, the diplomatic fallout of the Qana massacre, and the distant threat of Hizbollah rockets – life in Israel goes on, finds just-arrived Jan McGirk.
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