September 13, 2020

Lebanon’s Momentum for Change Should not be Wasted

Originally published on Arab Weekly on 20/08/2020 As I write these words, Beirut is overwhelmed by the visit of high calibre foreign visitors: the French president […]
February 7, 2020

Comparing Parties’ Discourses to the Voice of the Streets

Introduction The October 17 uprising shook the political landscape of Lebanon and led to the resignation of the “national unity” cabinet which included virtually all mainstream […]
February 3, 2020

Lebanon Report – January

Formation of Government Approximately one month after Diab’s nomination as Prime Minister through parliamentary consultations, a new cabinet was announced on January 21. The new ministers […]
December 24, 2019

Lebanon Report – November and December

Deteriorating Economic Situation Lebanon is experiencing its worst economic and financial crisis in decades. The Central Bank managed to pay in November the maturing Eurobonds of […]
November 1, 2019

Lebanon’s October Uprising

In a surprising yet not unexpected turn of events, hundreds of thousands, if not over a million, Lebanese people protested in the streets on a daily […]
October 31, 2019

Lebanon Report – October

Lebanon in Revolt Following the reported imposition of a “WhatsApp Tax” by the cabinet on October 17, a small protest in Beirut escalated in an unprecedented […]
October 7, 2019

Hezbollah’s Monopoly and Evolution of the Narrative of Resistance

Introduction Since its official founding in 1985 at the height of the Lebanese civil war and in the aftermath of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, […]
October 1, 2019

Lebanon Report – September

Economy and 2020 Budget A few days after international ratings agency Fitch downgraded Lebanon’s rating, heads of Lebanese parties met in Baabda and called for “sacrifices” […]
September 4, 2019

Lebanon Report – July and August

Budget and Economic Situation 7 months into 2019, the parliament finally adopted the 2019 budget after 2 months of debate within the Finance and Budget Parliamentary […]
August 26, 2019

The Populist Nationalism of the Free Patriotic Movement

In conjunction with the surge of right-wing populism in Europe and the US, Lebanon appears to be witnessing a similar phenomenon. Even though nationalist and sectarian […]