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.
In an interview, Mohanad Hage Ali discusses foreign intervention to resolve the Lebanese crisis, and its repercussions.
Maha Yahya describes the reaction of the Lebanese people after the Beirut explosion.
The blasts that ripped through Beirut’s historic port could hardly have come at a worse time, as the city struggles with the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis. As the smoke clears, the catastrophe has laid bare festering structural weaknesses that are damaging Lebanon’s plural society.
Maha Yahya unpacks how the explosion in Beirut could add suffering to the already dire political, economic and health situation in Lebanon.
In an interview, Saad Andary discusses Lebanon’s economic crisis and criticizes the government’s plans for addressing it.
Today, four of the five pillars that had sustained Lebanon are collapsing, creating fears for the future.
In an interview, Dan Azzi discusses the many facets of Lebanon’s financial crisis.
Establishing a credible National Wealth Fund would help to alleviate the country’s multiple crises.
In an interview, Mike Azar discusses Lebanon’s ongoing difficulties in reaching a consensus on a financial revival plan.
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