Vanessa Newby is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU and is currently based in Lebanon. She has a PhD in International Relations from Griffith University with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her research interests include international security, peacebuilding, migration, the politics of religion and the international relations of the Middle East. Vanessa has been researching and writing about the Middle East for ten years, and has lived in the region for three of those years. She can speak, read and write Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Arabic. Vanessa has published in international peer-reviewed journals such as International Peacekeeping and Contemporary Politics.
Don’t ask the UN to fight America’s war against Hizbullah
The EU States recognise that changing the approach taken by UNIFIL would risk making their troops a target of violent resistance.
Trump’s vital but confused support for Lebanon
Supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Lebanese government does mean tacitly accepting the presence of Hizbullah, a designated terrorist group in Europe and the US.
Lebanon’s elections: War by other means?
Lebanon this year has been basking in a rare calm, and there appears to be a distinct apathy about when elections will be held.