Lebanon

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    Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

by Jessica Watkins

Sectarian violence is decreasing across the Middle East, if largely due to mass displacement and harsh settlements imposed in states emerging from conflict. Alongside this decrease, an aggressive strain of transnational sectarian politics which has gripped the region for the past few decades is abating, at least for now. But while in principle, this lull creates a […]

Colonialism and Imperialism: The Case of Lebanon

by Ali M. Kassem

In February 2018, an envoy from the International Monetary Fund visited Lebanon, a small Mediterranean confessional democracy of around 5 million inhabitants. Barely surviving, and housing over 17 official religious sects, it is now ‘host’ to an estimated 1 million Syrian refugees. The IMF’s concluding statement was gloomy: warning that the nation’s debt could reach 180 […]

  • Permalink Syrian refugee boys light fires to warm themselves from the increasingly cold weather in Arsal, The town’s population of some 60,000 people includes more than 20,000 refugees. They are spread out across the town with host families or in converted shelters and in nearby tented settlements.
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    Between International Influence and Domestic Politics: The Case of the Refugee Control Policy Towards Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Between International Influence and Domestic Politics: The Case of the Refugee Control Policy Towards Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

by Zad El Hage Sleiman

Refugee control policies deal with the restriction, admission, and selection of refugees. A developing literature argues that in setting refugee control policies, developing countries are highly influenced by the international refugee regime due to the former’s need for assistance and recognition from the latter. However, domestic pressure and national issues can have a bigger effect on […]

Sexual Violence against Women during Displacement

by Zeina Awad

No story has dominated the news the way that the refugee crisis has in recent years. While the trauma of war and displacement affects all refugees, one’s gender often shapes the ways in which violence and conflict are experienced. Throughout the course of my field reporting in Uganda, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and the Greek island of Lesbos, […]

Five priorities for the Lebanese economy

by Frederic Chemaly

The Lebanese economy is showing signs of slow recovery. Recently, and for the first time in 12 years, a national budget was approved by the Parliament. It promises to lift the country in various rankings, whether measured by credit ratings, donor funding, stability, outlook, transparency, reforms, or otherwise.

Before that, Lebanon successfully completed its first licensing round for […]

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