Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Charai in Newsmax: International coalition needed for change in Lebanon

The deadly explosion in Beirut has left Lebanon reeling, caught between an economic crisis, crumbling public services, and a growing pandemic. In this moment, the international community must come together in standing with the Lebanese majority to enable a truly independent and viable Lebanese state. Read Atlantic Council Board Director Ahmed Charai's latest in Newsmax on how an international coalition is needed to promote change in Lebanon.

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Corruption Lebanon

Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Beirut’s port explosion reveals underlying problems in energy supply

The cataclysmic explosion at Beirut’s port on August 4th could not have come at a worse time. The nation was already reeling from multiple catastrophes such as a collapsing currency, an environmental disaster on its shores, 1.5 million refugees from Syria, and a healthcare system pushed to the brink by the COVID-19 pandemic. The explosion has only exacerbated one of Lebanon’s core calamities: the lack of stable electricity.

EnergySource by Aki Peritz

Energy Markets & Governance Lebanon

Mon, Aug 10, 2020

For Lebanon, the only way out is either revolution or reform

The ingredients for Lebanese reform are there. However, it remains a cause that awaits the right champion.

MENASource by Nabeel Khoury

Lebanon Middle East

Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Ammonium nitrate didn’t belong to Hezbollah, but they knew about its dangers

Hezbollah is acutely aware of the danger that such chemicals—even if not of a military grade—pose to nearby civilians, perhaps more so than any other entity in Lebanon.

MENASource by David Daoud

Lebanon Middle East

Tue, Aug 4, 2020

Scenes from a broken Beirut

My apartment was heavily damaged by the explosion. All the windows were gone, the frames blasted out, even on the other side of the building from the explosion. I spoke to friends and colleagues in the area. They all have tales about calamities, material and personal, that have befallen them.

New Atlanticist by Nicholas Blanford

Lebanon Middle East

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Lebanon’s fate appears to be irreversibly tied to Syria

With hope for any solution dimming every day, and as Lebanon and Syria’s fate becomes increasingly intertwined, the situation in Beirut will grow more desperate.

MENASource by Mona Alami

Lebanon Middle East

Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Amidst the pandemic, Hezbollah buries fighters killed in Syria

Multiple additional combatant deaths have been reported by media outlets close to Hezbollah since the COVID-19 lockdown, pointing to its continued engagement in military combat and training activities.

MENASource by Lizzie Porter

Lebanon Middle East

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Lebanon’s economic recovery plan will only repeat past failures

Decades of corruption, waste of public funds, and financial mismanagement have ruined Lebanon’s economy. Rather than create productive sectors, successive Lebanese governments have bet on high-end tourism, luxury real estate, and expatriate remittances to remain afloat since 1990.

MENASource by David Daoud and Paul Gadalla

Lebanon Middle East

Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Refugee conditions deteriorate amidst multiple crises in Lebanon

As multiple crises are simultaneously bearing down on Lebanon, its fragile humanitarian situation is nearing a breaking point.

Blog Post by Salman Husain and Diam Abou-Diab

Lebanon Middle East

Wed, May 27, 2020

Twenty years after the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, Hezbollah faces host of challenges

The Israeli troop withdrawal was a moment of victory for Hezbollah, but the group has also placed the party in a quandary for the first time, which it has had to wrestle with before a growing audience of critics.

MENASource by Nicholas Blanford

Israel Lebanon