Mohanad Hage Ali is the director of communications at the Carnegie Middle East Center.
Mohanad Hage Ali is the director of communications at the Carnegie Middle East Center. He was a managing editor of NOW Arabic website, and a political editor/reporter at al-Hayat newspaper in Beirut and London, where his work focused mostly on Iraq and militant Islam.
Mohanad teaches politics and journalism at the Lebanese American University and has an Msc. and a PhD in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Hurras al-Din is watching what happens to the Islamic State in the hope of recruiting its members on the run.
Russia has continued to try extending its influence in Lebanon, despite Beirut’s political and economic woes.
Refugees in Lebanon are seeking asylum in Cyprus, and Nicosia is increasingly worried.
Russia continues to play a larger role in Lebanon as the conflict in Syria enters a new phase.
As the Syrian war nears its end, the Assad regime and Hezbollah appear to be rebalancing their relationship in Lebanon.
Hurras al-Din is playing the role of spoiler in Syria’s north, against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.
As Hamas tries to rebuild its military credibility, Israel is reacting to this in lethal ways.
Russian ‘soft power’ has been expanding in Lebanon, and a number of recent developments prove it.
Arab and Western intelligence officials are said to be normalizing relations with the Assad regime, and that is worrisome.
The Afrin operation is the result of a Russian-Turkish land swap, whose long-term repercussions will be significant.