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.

  • Diwan

    ‘We’re Not North Korea’

    In an interview, Saad Andary discusses Lebanon’s economic crisis and criticizes the government’s plans for addressing it.

  • Diwan

    All Fall Down

    Today, four of the five pillars that had sustained Lebanon are collapsing, creating fears for the future.

  • Diwan

    A Country on the Precipice

    • Alexander Müller
    • July 20, 2020

    In an interview, Dan Azzi discusses the many facets of Lebanon’s financial crisis.

  • Article

    Lebanon’s Hidden Gold Mine

    • Dag Detter, Nasser Saidi
    • July 16, 2020

    Establishing a credible National Wealth Fund would help to alleviate the country’s multiple crises.

  • Diwan

    Autopsy of a Collapse

    In an interview, Mike Azar discusses Lebanon’s ongoing difficulties in reaching a consensus on a financial revival plan.

  • Diwan

    Avoiding the Abyss

    Asserting the failure of Lebanon’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund is premature.

  • Event

    Lebanon at a Crossroads: Is Real Reform Possible?

    • Lara Bitar, Alia Ibrahim, Jean Kassir, Maha Yahya
    • June 17, 2020
    • YouTube @CarnegieMENA

    As Lebanon continues to flatten the coronavirus curve and as the country opens up again, the protest movement is largely expected to make a comeback, with protestors again voicing demands for an independent judiciary, accountability, early parliamentary elections, and financial reform—among others.

  • Diwan

    Destroying Lebanon to Save It

    Conservative Republicans have unveiled a report that could have terrible consequences for a country already facing ruin.

  • Diwan

    No Easy Sailing

    In an interview, Amer Bisat says a consensus is emerging that an IMF plan is Lebanon’s only way of securing foreign funding.

  • Maha Yahya
    • May 07, 2020
    • Global Dispatches
    Lebanon is in the Midst of a Jaw-Dropping Economic Free Fall
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  • Joseph Bahout
    • January 08, 2020
    • Beirut Banyan
    Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Lebanon
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  • Maha Yahya
    • November 28, 2019
    • CNN
    Lebanese women say never again to risk of civil war
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  • Maha Yahya
    • November 04, 2019
    • Al Jazeera English
    Thousands Gather on Beirut's Streets for Anti-Government Protest
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  • Maha Yahya
    • November 02, 2019
    • CNN
    Lebanon Protests on CNN Newsroom
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  • Maha Yahya
    • October 31, 2019
    • World Politics Review
    No More ‘-Isms’: A Non-Ideological Generation Takes to the Streets in the Middle East
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  • Joseph Bahout

    Nonresident Fellow
    Middle East Program
  • Mohanad Hage Ali

    Director of Communications and Fellow
    Carnegie Middle East Center
  • Aram Nerguizian

    Senior Advisor
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
  • Maha Yahya

    Middle East Center
  • Michael Young

    Editor, Diwan
    Senior Editor, Carnegie Middle East Center
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