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Tue, Aug 18, 2020

UN-backed tribunal: ‘no evidence’ of Hezbollah leadership involved in assassination of Rafik Hariri

The Special Tribual for Lebanon announced its verdict after fifteen years. Atlantic Council experts react to the tribunal announcement and what it means for Lebanon.

MENASource by William F. Wechsler, Nicholas Blanford, Jomana Qaddour, Gissou Nia, Joze Pelayo

Lebanon Middle East

Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Lebanon’s future determined by two powerful explosions just fifteen years apart

It remains to be seen whether this latest appalling explosion will serve as a fresh catalyst to change the status quo and whether it will eventually compel the corrupt political elite to loosen their steely grip on the levers of power.

MENASource by Nicholas Blanford

Lebanon Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Kroenig and Ashford discuss fallout from Beirut explosion, Belarus election and reflect on General Brent Scowcroft’s legacy

On August 14, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center Deputy Director Matthew Kroenig and the Cato Institute’s Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss the fallout from the explosion in Beirut, potential consequences of protests following Belarus’s presidential election, and the legacy of General Brent Scowcroft.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Belarus Corruption

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Blanford quoted in Newsweek on Beirut blast

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Lebanon Resilience & Society

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Macron has the power to change the EU’s Hezbollah policy

Macron’s belief in France’s special responsibility to Lebanon is evident. If he wants to help the people suffering under Hezbollah there, Macron should follow the German example, and lead a ban of Hezbollah at home.

New Atlanticist by Jeremy Stern

Conflict France

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.

In the News by Atlantic Council

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

Wed, Aug 5, 2020

Fontenrose joins Newsy to discuss Beirut explosion

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Lebanon Resilience & Society
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