Columnist

Raghida Dergham

Raghida Dergham is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute. She is a Columnist for the Huffington Post and Arab News and served as Columnist, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, and New York Bureau Chief for the London-based Al-Hayat daily for 28 years. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an honorary fellow at the Foreign Policy Association and has served on the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.

Twitter: @RaghidaDergham

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Assad’s ‘victory’ — a disarmed, declawed Syria

The time has come to share spheres of influence and interests in Syria. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has emerged as a shrewd tactician now in possession of the keys to Syria’s new map.

September 16, 2017

Hezbollah and the Popular Mobilization versus the armies of Lebanon and Iraq

There have been two interesting developments in the efforts of the commanders of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iraq and Lebanon.

September 09, 2017

The Hezbollah-Daesh deal is sponsored by Iran and Syria

The deal that allowed hundreds of Daesh fighters and their families to leave the Lebanese-Syrian border in air-conditioned buses towards Daesh-held areas near the Syrian-Iraqi border is suspicious in many ways.

September 02, 2017

Netanyahu seeks Russian-US guarantees to counter Iran

While Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu carried to Russian President Vladimir Putin in their meeting in Sochi his opposition to Iran’s continued consolidation in Syria, to shore up its sphere of influence from the Gulf to the Mediterranean, the Associated Press revealed that thousands of

August 26, 2017

The interests of the Arabs do not require enmity with the US

One segment of the people of the Gulf are worried about the fate of the Gulf Cooperation Council, not just out of fear that it may allow Iran to realize its project for regional dominance and export its revolutionary model, but also because of the newfound linkage between the fate of the Gulf and

August 19, 2017

Is Trump endorsing Obama’s policy in Iraq and Syria?

Declaring victory against Daesh, Al-Nusra Front, or other Al-Qaeda affiliates and extremist groups is ultimately meaningless, as long as the fate of their fighters remains shrouded in the same kind of mystery that surrounded their groups’ inception and rise.

July 30, 2017

Toward a difficult phase marked by Assad’s survival

Some have read developments on the ground, international accords, and realignments in Iraq and Syria as the beginning of the end.

July 16, 2017