Lebanon is facing a series of simultaneous financial, economic, and political shocks. The country stands at a critical juncture, as hundreds of thousands of Lebanese have fallen under the poverty line in recent months. The protest movement that began in October 2019, following the previous government’s decision to raise taxes, is regaining momentum in spite of the lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic. The Carnegie Middle East Center will offer analyses of the multiple crises afflicting Lebanon, explaining their causes, characteristics, consequences, and potential solutions.
To survive its ongoing financial crisis, Lebanon needs a new economic system that addresses massive income inequality. Paired with political and institutional reform, tax reform can help.
University students around Lebanon are voting for candidates who oppose the country’s sectarian establishment parties.
On Lebanon’s Independence Day, the question has meaning for a population whose leaders are masters of the meaningless.
While Lebanon's ruling elite continues to delay the formation of a new cabinet under Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, French President Emmanuel Macron is growing impatient as he watches his initiative and timeline for reforms crumble.
A Biden administration may bring crisis-ridden Lebanon a reprieve, even if some things will remain the same.
Without deep legislative and structural reforms, Lebanon's agricultural sector could suffer severely, pushing even more people out of work and into poverty.
Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa.
Lebanon’s ad hoc approach to its myriad economic shocks will leave scars that are long-lasting.
If Hezbollah seeks a change in the country’s political system, its weapons will not help it to do so.
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