As countries around the world develop their own private sponsorship systems, they should acknowledge how elusive refugee status can be. Policy-makers should proceed accordingly.
As foreign aid pours into Beirut, its uneven distribution reflects and exacerbates the pre-existing class and race fissures in Lebanese society.
How can the international community help Lebanon's people not its power-sharing regime?
I feel justified for leaving decades ago but my heart bleeds for the people trapped in Lebanon.
The disaster exposes wider failures of governance and comes amid a deep economic crisis.
Torn apart by years of war and now effectively bankrupt, the country and its people are facing a new devastation.
The port, and surrounding neighbourhoods devastated by the explosion, are at the heart of Beirut.
For combustion to occur, oxygen must be present. Ammonium nitrate prills provide a much more concentrated supply of oxygen than the air around us.
Criminal gangs, insurgents and terrorist groups seek to protect the people in the areas they govern, when a central government's power is weak or nonexistent.
How the humanitarian consequences of the Syrian crisis have spilled across the region.
A power-sharing agreement that shares power between Lebanon's different sectarian communities is no longer fit for purpose.
Researchers used advanced chemical analyses to study breastfeeding in some of the world's first farming communities.
Both drought and violence drove many Syrians out of their homes; even if the war ends, the continuing difficulty of farming will make it hard for them to return.
Site of some of the most iconic images from the ongoing protests, Lebanon's second largest city, Tripoli is a place of contrasts and extremes.
Why the armed group, Hezbollah, doesn't want ongoing protests to upset the ruling coalition in Lebanon.
Lebanon's 1989 peace deal ended a civil war by sharing political power between religious factions. That created a society profoundly divided by religion – something today's protesters hope to change.
Davide Tanasi, a digital archaeologist, thinks it's a pity when historical artifacts are locked away in storage. He's working to fix this by sharing them as 3D models.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon know how best to manage their resources, but food aid currently prevents them.
In this difficult context, through different mechanisms, the artists engage with the consequences of war to restore social cohesion, stimulate imagination and revive hope.
The Syrian civil war has ended, but there are millions of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. With danger from a hostile regime back in Syria, what will happen to them now?