Dr. Michael Sharnoff, Chairman of DMGS’ Regional Studies Program was recently quoted in the Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar. His comments come from an interview on the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s and are translated in full below.
“Lebanon’s unique geography and delicate sectarian composition have always made it susceptible to foreign influence. Internal debates over Lebanon’s identity have been longstanding: is Lebanon part of the Sunni Arab Middle East or does it belong in the Iranian-Shiite camp? Hariri’s resignation in Riyadh is a major victory to Hezbollah and the Iranian-Shia alliance and a blow to Saudi Arabia and the Sunni Arab states who view Lebanon as an integral part of their security. Saudi Arabia is the only Arab state that can project power beyond its borders, as evident in Yemen. However, it is unclear how much direct Saudi intervention will be applied in Lebanon to exert its influence and protect its allies.”
Dr. Michael Sharnoff is the Director of Regional Studies at DMGS, where he is an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies. He is the author of Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel (2017).
Dr. Sharnoff has traveled extensively in the Middle East and has lived in three major world capitals. He has congressional experience on Capitol Hill; worked at influential policy centers in Washington; and publishes frequently on the Middle East. His articles have appeared in major publications including The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Al Arabiya, Palestine-Israel Journal and Your Middle East. He completed a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from King’s College, London, and his research interests include the Arab-Israeli conflict, Political Islam and contemporary Middle Eastern history.