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.
Instances of excessive and potentially lethal force by Lebanese security forces against anti-government protestors have increased in recent months, including the use of live ammunition.
In Lebanon, spatial inequality is deepening amid the economic, financial, and political crises. To level out regional disparities, the Lebanese government should pursue these redistribution policies.
In Ba‘lbek-Hermel, there was support for the Lebanese uprising until the main Shi‘a parties gained the upper hand.
The response to Lebanon’s protest movement in Zahleh showed sympathy, but within a conservative framework.
Protest actions in Sidon since October 2019 have continued, despite multiple efforts to repress them.
The Nabatieh protestors smashed the notion of a Shi‘a community solidly behind Hezbollah and Amal.
The American University of Beirut can serve as an example to a crisis-ridden higher education sector in the United States.
In an interview, Joseph Bahout discusses French policy toward the Levant and Mediterranean, and what we should watch for.
Turkish influence is increasing in Lebanon, where many Sunnis are looking for a regional patron.
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