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Nov 29, 2018

A Small State in Constant Crisis Lebanon after the parliamentary elections of May 2018

Analysis by Elias Dahrouge and Máté Szalai


The analysis aims at presenting the political landscape of Lebanon after the parliamentary elections taking place in May 2018. Since the voting, Lebanese political forces have failed to create a government, therefore the state was not able to tackle the mounting economic and security challenges posed by, among others, the Syrian civil war and the ongoing refugee crisis. As a result, Lebanon remains to be exposed to the power competition between regional and global actors, especially Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States. The authors argue that in this situation, European actors should contribute more to fortifying Lebanese state institutions, and not just in the security sector.

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