Lebanon’s economy was collapsing, until the coronavirus lockdown made matters even worse.
Extreme inequality underlies recent protests throughout the Middle East. Without drastic structural reforms, a larger storm is brewing in the region.
The party’s rejection of an IMF bailout may ultimately mean the end of Hassan Diab’s government, and of Lebanon itself.
Lebanon is struggling against simultaneous shocks, and the country is in urgent need of a new social contract.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
While appearing to do nothing, policymakers are in fact tacitly responding to the crisis.
An independent group of development specialists, economists and finance experts met in Beirut late-December to discuss the ongoing economic crisis and the path forward. This note summarizes the deliberations and puts forth a ten-point action plan meant to arrest the crisis and place the country on a path of sustained recovery.
In contesting the political class, independents must consider the importance of municipal elections.
More than protests, Lebanon today is witnessing a profound social revolution.