Mona Alami is a French-Lebanese analyst who writes about political and economic issues in the Arab world. She is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center.
Comment: As the Syrian civil war begins to come to its conclusion, Assad is clearing out any competition by conducting a large purge of paramilitary forces, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: In addition to anger over corruption and the lavish lives of the elites, the effects of climate change are compounding resentment in Iraqi society, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: Never mind peace, justice or democracy, the global community has decided Assad must stay in power, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: Russia's ties with the Assad regime will of course prevail, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: Iraq's elections are shedding light on the the deep rift within the PMU, and the contested influence of Iran in the organisation's future, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: The consolidation of the PMU into one homogenous a group is a complicated task for the Iraqi government, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: Regime gains on the ground in Idlib and eastern Ghouta will not be the end of the struggle for Syria, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: PMF militia commander Khazaali's visit to Lebanon was an astute bit of publicity on the part of Hizballah, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: Rather than exacerbate sectarian rifts, the drama surrounding Lebanese PM Hariri's resignation has actually served to boost national harmony, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: In Lebanon and Iraq, non state actors loyal to Iran are impossible to dismantle in the absence of a regional agreement, writes Mona Alami.