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Vanessa Newby

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.

Articles by Vanessa Newby (19)

  • US policy on Lebanon should be to keep calm and carry on

    Last month a suicide bomber was stopped in his tracks in a cafe in the heart of West Beirut in a scene worthy of a Hollywood action thriller. The man from the city of Sidon in South Lebanon was thrown to the ground in the busy Costa Coffee café in Hamra by the Lebanese Armed Forces, who then prevented him from detonating eight kilograms of shrapnel-laden explosives.
  • Lebanon's fragile stability

    Incredible though it may seem, after the events in Turkey this weekend Lebanon is looking like one of the most stable states in the Middle East, despite not having a president or a fully-functioning government   I arrived in Lebanon in early June this year and was immediately struck by the calm mood of the people. Since 2015 fear of an ISIS invasion had receded, in part because of Syrian and Iraqi armies regaining large swathes of ISIS territory.
  • When will the Lebanese Presidential merry-go-round stop spinning?

    And so the painfully slow process of agreeing on a new president for Lebanon continues.  A breakthrough — of sorts —  was reported last month when candidate Samir Geagea announced he was pulling out of the race and would endorse his rival, Michel Aoun, potentially arresting Christian indecision over which candidate to support.  However in November last year, Sa’ad Hariri, Geagea’s longstanding ally in the Sunni-Christian political alliance — the March 14th bloc —  announced he was nominating  al
  • Lebanon bombing strikes a street of joy

    The Burj al-Barajneh bombings of last Thursday, 12 November, which have been overshadowed in Western media by the Paris attacks, occurred on the street of my Lebanese in-laws. Forty-three people died and over 200 were injured in the Beirut attacks by three suicide bombers who claimed allegiance to ISIS. I have walked up and down that street countless times. On many occasions I have frequented the bakery and I can confirm that the street would have been packed with people in the early evening.
  • Protests in Lebanon: Demonstrators should remain focused on the constitution

    The crisis over garbage collection in Lebanon continues to pile up. This weekend thousands of Lebanese gathered again in downtown Beirut to denounce politicians for their failure to resolve this problem and the myriad others that Lebanon faces. These include, but are not limited to: constant water and electricity shortages; the failure to elect a new president; the delay of parliamentary elections and general malaise about the problems of unemployment, infrastructure and the refugee situation.