Lebanon: The Regime and Its Future After the Beirut Blast
Logo

Lebanon: The Regime and Its Future After the Beirut Blast

Lebanon: The Regime and Its Future After the Beirut Blast

The Lodestar, Episode 28

Kamran Bokhari and Faysal Itani discuss Lebanon’s multiple crises and the Beirut port explosion that served as a culmination of the problems the country is facing.

Itani says the port explosion was the result of decades of corruption that led the Lebanese government and public services to failure. After the civil war, Lebanon functioned under an arrangement that was supposed to help the country transform to a liberal democracy, but that transformation never took place. Now, amid an unprecedented economic crisis, Itani says Lebanon is far from the path to recovery and is on the verge of becoming a “robber baron state” in which the elite divide the spoils of the economy and the population is left behind.

There is a chance that the Lebanese elite could change and work more to benefit the people, Itani says – either out of a sense of enlightened self-interest, or out of fear of the pressure rising from the streets in the form of growing opposition. Itani also says that while the government may be lost, the regime – the overall structure that keeps business as usual operating in Lebanon – is very robust.

Bokhari and Itani also discuss Hezbollah’s rise, its current role in both Lebanon and Syria, and how relations between Lebanon and Syria have morphed over the years.

The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not an official policy or position of the Newlines Institute.

Arab Politics, Middle East

Related Articles

Instability and Displacement in Tunisia

Instability and Displacement in Tunisia

Tunisia's recent reversal of democratic freedoms under the presidency of Kais Saied has raised concerns about the country's democracy and stability.

Podcasts
The U.S- Venezuela Relationship: Promoting Democracy vs. Countering anti-U.S. Influence

The U.S- Venezuela Relationship: Promoting Democracy vs. Countering anti-U.S. Influence

https://soundcloud.com/newlinesinstitute/the-us-venezuela-relationship-promoting-democracy-vs-countering-anti-us-influence/s-WlCHyWecmoR?si=2658f24d28e04205836d4b10b187a4ba&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing In this episode of the New Lines Institute’s Contours podcast series, Strategy and Innovation Unit Director Nicolas Heras is

Podcasts
The Russia-Ukraine War is on the Edge of Escalation

The Russia-Ukraine War is on the Edge of Escalation

Russia's invasion of Ukraine heads into its eighth month, the possibility of Russian economic and military escalation increases. In this episode of the New Lines Institute's Contours podcast, host Minna Jaffery-Lindemulder sits down with Senior Analyst Eugene Chausovsky to dive into the role of diplomacy in mediating this escalation and the potential consequences for great-power competition.

Podcasts
South Asia Uncovered

South Asia Uncovered

In this episode of The New Lines Institute’s Contours podcast series, Content Manager Minna Jaffery-Lindemulder is joined by Indian subcontinent experts Dr. Syed Mohammad Ali and Akhil Bery for an in-depth look at the geopolitics of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Indian Subcontinent as a whole.

Podcasts