While September 2020 marks 100 years since the Proclamation of the State of Greater Lebanon, the country today is plagued by a myriad of crises. This may prove a critical inflection point for Lebanon as a whole. The Carnegie Middle East Center and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung are hosting a four-part series of panel discussions, which will look at where Lebanon stands on its Centennial, as well as the opportunities and challenges for the new century.
Lebanon’s current power-sharing system, a product of the 1989 Taif Accord that brought an end to the country’s fifteen-year civil war, has proven to be the greatest hinderance to good governance. Indeed, the confessional system was never intended to become a permanent model for the country. With Lebanon now at its breaking point, calls for a new political model, federalism, and decentralization are mounting.
Join us on Tuesday, September 08 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Beirut (GMT+3) for this first panel discussion on Lebanon’s political model with Joseph Bahout, Carmen Geha, Jean Kassir, and Maha Yahya, moderated by Liz Sly. The event will be held in English. Viewers may submit their questions via the Live Chat feature on YouTube during the livestream.