Why Lebanon May Be ISIS’s Next Target

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on September 4, 2015. ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is sometimes referred to as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The term Levant refers to the geographic region in the Middle East that includes Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. If ISIS seeks to expand its would-be caliphate outside of … [Read more...]

Thank You, Beirut. Your Friend, Dubai.

This blog first appeared on April 24, 2013 in The Huffington Post. Before I left for my trip to Lebanon this December, my 84-year-old neighbor told me about the fantastic nightlife in Beirut. She had visited the city after World War II, while her husband was stationed in Europe. She told me about Beirut's unique blend of European sophistication and liberal leanings in an … [Read more...]