Neighbourhood Watch: Regional Fallout from the Syria Crisis

25/06/2013 6:35 pm

A month away from the turbulence of the Middle East North Africa region is a long time. Our regional consultant, Dr Harry Hagopian, has been traveling throughout MENA and returns to give us his unique insight on the last four weeks. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose as he might say (the more things change, the more they stay the same).

In today's Middle East Analysis we're looking at the impact of the Syrian crisis on its near neighbours - particularly long-suffering Lebanon.

Dr Hagopian looks back on the battle for the Syrian border town of Qusayr and particularly the involvement of Hezbollah. Fighters from the Lebanese Shi'a Islamic group fought alongside President al-Assad's troops to take back the strategically important town.

This has led to tension between Sunnis and Shias in Lebanon culminating in fierce clashes between supporters of the Takfiri Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir - a vocal critic of Hezbollah - and the Lebanese army in the southern city of Sidon. 16 people are reported to have died.

In an extended podcast, we also discuss recent news emanating from the Middle East North Africa region - from Turkey to Qatar and Palestine to Egypt.

Dr Hagopian is an EU-based international lawyer who also holds a number of key consultancy positions on political, ecumenical and inter-faith issues relating to the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf regions.

Duration: 27m 50s


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MEA 2013 - 8

In this 'Middle East Analysis' podcast, consultant Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the impact of the Syria Crisis on its neighbours - particularly Lebanon. This extended edition also features a regional round-up. Duration: 27m 50s   MEA-2013-8.mp3 11.75 MB