Lebanon

  • The Search for Lebanon’s President

    The most important question underlying Lebanon’s presidential election is to what extent certain Lebanese parties—and their foreign backers—want to confront Hezbollah. It will not be answered by May 25, when the current president’s term expires, and will be largely influenced by regional developments, particularly the war in neighboring Syria.
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  • Lebanon's Neutrality Toward the Syrian Conflict

    After weeks of debate that nearly collapsed the government, Lebanon's cabinet approved a policy statement on March 14, 2014. The debate focused on Lebanon's position on the conflict in Syria and the role and future of Hezbollah's armed militia, over which the March 8 and March 14 alliances disagree. The conclusion of the debate and Parliament's vote of confidence in the government on March 21, 2014 ended nearly a year of institutional deadlock.
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  • Saab: In Lebanon, New Government Unlikely to Herald New Political Era

    Bilal Saab, senior fellow for the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, writes on Lebanon's new government and the likelihood of reforms in World Politics Review:

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  • Lebanon Stuck Between Leaky Borders and Politics

    A twenty year-old girl and a ten-year old boy were killed by Syrian government airstrikes last week. It would sound like any other day in Syria, except these strikes took place on the Lebanese side of the border, killing two Lebanese civilians and wounding several others.
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  • A Holding Action in Lebanon

    After ten months of stalling and infighting, Lebanon’s political factions have formed a cabinet. This does not indicate a broader political compromise, a willingness to tackle intractable and divisive issues, or a plan to address the country’s serious socio-economic problems. Rather, the cabinet’s significance lies in its makeup and the interesting compromises that led to its formation. These speak to the political calculations of key factions over the conflict in Syria, and reveal that Lebanon’s new cabinet will have a narrow and unambitious agenda.
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  • Saab: Is Syria Spilling over into Lebanon?

    Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Bilal Saab talks with France24's Melissa Bell on recent suicide attacks in Beirut as well as the destabilizing effects of the Syrian conflict for the region:

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  • Saab on New Cabinet in Lebanon

    Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Bilal Saab is quoted in the Daily Star on Lebanon's new cabinet:

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  • Itani Talks Hariri Assassination Tribunal

    Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Fellow Faysal Itani joins BBC World News to discuss the trial of four men accused of carrying out the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri:

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  • Lebanon: Mohamad Bahaa Chatah, 1951-2013

    Mohamad Bahaa Chatah, former finance minister and Lebanese Ambassador to the United States, was assassinated in Beirut on December 27, 2013. It has taken me this long to write something about the passing of a friend and a paragon of human decency. When I think back about the Lebanon-related disasters that have occurred during the course of my adulthood, the killing of this fine man rates, in terms of personal impact, with the American embassy and Marine Corps bombings of 1983, the anti-American kidnapping and murder spree of the 1980s, and the assassination of Rafik Hariri in 2005.
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  • Itani Quoted on Lebanon Attacks

    Rafik Hariri Center Fellow Faysal Itani is quoted in the Washington Times on Hezbollah's influence in Lebanon:

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