Liz Sly


Beirut bureau chief, covering Lebanon, Syria and the wider region

Education: Cambridge University, BA and MA in history

Liz Sly is The Washington Post’s Beirut bureau chief, responsible for coverage of Syria, Lebanon and the wider Middle East. She joined The Post in 2010 as Baghdad bureau chief, then in 2011 moved to Beirut to focus on Syria and the region. Before that, she covered Iraq for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has spent nearly three decades as a foreign correspondent, based in the Middle East, Africa, China, South Asia and Europe. She began her career with Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper in Beirut in the 1980s.
Latest from Liz Sly

Russia’s military move into Belarus poses risks to more than Ukraine

The Baltics and some Eastern European countries fear that the deployments could become permanent, redrawing the strategic map of Europe.

February 12, 2022

Putin wants to push NATO away from Russia. Instead, he’s getting more NATO troops on his border.

The deployment of American F-15 fighter jets to Estonia is part of an enhanced NATO presence in Eastern Europe.

February 1, 2022

A divided Europe confronts Russia with conflicting goals on Ukraine

A divided Europe confronts Russia with conflicting goals on Ukraine.

January 23, 2022

Dubai princess gets record $720 million divorce payout

The court case and the award offer a window into the opulent living standards of Dubai's ruling family.

December 21, 2021

Gulf Arab states that opposed the Iran nuclear deal are now courting Tehran

The engagements with their longtime foe are driven by a desire to avoid getting caught up in a regional conflict should negotiations to restore the 2015 nuclear deal fail.

December 11, 2021

Assad’s tightening grip

In an escalating campaign, the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and his financially strapped regime have raided and seized dozens of businesses, even targeting foreign corporations and family enterprises that stuck by him during a decade of war.

December 4, 2021

New pessimism at revived nuclear talks as Iran escalates uranium enrichment

A report from the IAEA says Iran is stepping up enrichment at Fordow, prompting concerns that it is not serious about reinstating the fraying 2015 nuclear deal.

December 2, 2021

Arab outreach to Assad raises Syrian hopes of a return to the fold

Arab countries seem reconciled to Assad’s survival, but normalization and investments in Syria could be a long way off.

November 18, 2021

Iran’s role in attack on U.S. troops in Syria signals new escalation

Iranian media outlets are gloating over the drone strike on the Tanf base, warning that further attacks may follow.

October 26, 2021

Just when it seemed Lebanon couldn’t get worse, it did

Blackouts. A collapsing economy. And now a sectarian standoff that threatens to undercut any hope of a way out.

October 16, 2021