Al-Monitor Newsmaker Interviews

Lebanese President Michel Aoun delivers a speech during a rally celebrating his election at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Nov. 6, 2016. (photo by GETTY/Anwar Amro)

Aoun sees role for Hezbollah until threats to Lebanon cease

Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017 | Al-Monitor Staff, Contributor

Speaking to Al-Monitor ahead of his address to the UN General Assembly in New York, Lebanese President Michel Aoun spoke about the refugee crisis facing his country, Hezbollah's role amid the ongoing regional crisis and Beirut's expanding ties with Moscow.

Dismissed Fatah leader rules out reconciliation with Abbas

Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017 | Adnan Abu Amer, Contributor

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Mohammed Dahlan confirmed that reconciliation efforts with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are currently stalled and warned that Abbas' internal weakness would reflect the fragility of his political position vis-a-vis the Israelis.

Israel defense minister: We must coordinate moves with Trump

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 | Ben Caspit, Columnist

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman confirmed that he still supports a two-state solution, but one involving population as well as land swaps and as one part of a regional agreement.

Fatah leader speaks out on Abbas' exclusive congress

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 | Mohammed Othman, Contributor

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Abdel-Hakim Awad, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council who was excluded from the movement's seventh congress, talks about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' political failures, his exclusionary policies and his collusion with Israel.

KRG PM: Talk of Iraqi Kurdish independence red line for Iran, but not Turkey

Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 | Amberin Zaman, Columnist

In an extensive interview with Al-Monitor at his office in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani speaks about the battle for Mosul, relations with Baghdad and Ankara, and aspirations for independence.

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