Capturing the Complexity of Lebanon’s Dire Situation

The pressing economic and social situation in Lebanon is calling for emergency fiscal measures through International Monetary Fund (IMF) negotiations. Lebanon is facing challenges posed by the ministerial crisis and regional shifts. The uprising of October 17 and the Beirut Port explosion aggravated the situation as a whole. How will the IMF negotiations and the upcoming parliamentary elections impact Lebanon’s dire situation?

International response to Lebanon’s Rising Humanitarian Crisis: Challenges and Solutions

Lebanon is in the midst of a rapidly escalating, unprecedented humanitarian crisis that is threatening the population’s well-being, economic development, social welfare, national and regional stability. This current emergency occurs in the background of a turbulent history and complex regional geopolitical context, including the refugee crisis and the ongoing influence of foreign actors. Under these ongoing challenges, Lebanon needs help from the international community. What are the challenges of the international response to Lebanon’s humanitarian crisis and the suggested solutions? 

Injustice: The Beirut Port Explosion, Relevant Corruption Cases. How to Move On?

The long-lasting corruption and mismanagement at the Beirut port, allowed for explosive compound to be haphazardly stored there for nearly six years. However, Beirut’s port has been rife with corruption, negligence, and mismanagement. In the aftermath of the blast, Lebanese officials vowed that the cause of the explosion would be investigated vigorously and expeditiously. Amidst obvious political interference in the work of the judiciary, an internal conflict took place because of some political players setting parameters regarding whom a judge can or cannot prosecute leading to the current ministerial crisis. How the ammonium nitrate arrived in Beirut and was stored in the port? What will happen if the ongoing investigation comes to an end?

Lebanon’s Energy Crisis: Problems and Solutions

Lebanon is currently suffering from a crippling energy crisis. Unreliable power supplies have put hospitals and essential services in crisis mode. The United States and its Arab partners arranged for an initiative that would provide Egyptian natural gas to Jordan to be transmitted to Lebanon via Syria. Is there a sustainable solution for the electricity crisis in the country?

International response to Lebanon’s Rising Humanitarian Crisis: Challenges and Solutions

Lebanon is in the midst of a rapidly escalating, unprecedented humanitarian crisis that is threatening the population’s well-being, economic development, social welfare, national and regional stability. This current emergency occurs in the background of a turbulent history and complex regional geopolitical context, including the refugee crisis and the ongoing influence of foreign actors. Under these ongoing challenges, Lebanon needs help from the international community. What are the challenges of the international response to Lebanon’s humanitarian crisis and the suggested solutions?

 

U.S. Government’s Policy in Lebanon in Light of Domestic Turbulence and Changing Regional Dynamics

The United States believes that a peaceful, prosperous, and stable Lebanon can make an important contribution to comprehensive peace in the Middle East. Some analysts are claiming that the Middle East is preparing for an American retreat, while others argue that it is merely readjusting its stance in the context of wider regional changes. What is the U.S. government’s policy in Lebanon?

Ensuring that Women Play a Greater Role in Conflict Resolution and Political Processes in Lebanon

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This panel tackles the women’s role in peacebuilding and national dialogue focusing on the MENA region and Lebanon in particular. The situation of women has not been strengthened enough to have a role on an equal footing with men. However, the barriers to women’s leadership and participation in decision-making at all levels remain, including in political and public life, and in conflict prevention. How can women play a greater role in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and the political scene in Lebanon and the region?

Elections in Lebanon, Damned if We Do and Damned if We Don’t: Possible Outcomes and Consequences

Lebanon is not far away from its upcoming parliamentary elections, but there is no clarity on when and if they will take place

Vienna Talks: Expected Outcomes and the Aftermath Effects on the Region

Almost a year after the talks began, officials from world powers and Iran are still gathering for other rounds of talks in the Austrian capital Vienna. Since the start of the eighth round of talks in November last year, the two sides have narrowed certain gaps, but disagreements persist, particularly over which sanctions the U.S. must lift. A potential final agreement will inevitably reflect on the countries of the region as a whole, especially on geostrategic countries. What are the expected outcomes and the aftermath effect on Lebanon and the region? Amid the possibility of regional realignment, does the solution in Syria and Lebanon require settlements on a regional and global level?

The U.S. and Lebanese Army: The Trajectory Ahead

The economic crisis is affecting the Lebanese army on all levels and threatening the country’s stability. The Lebanese army is in desperate need of donor assistance to survive, and the needs are urgent: food, gasoline, salaries and other basic necessities, as well as spare parts and military equipment. The United States remains the biggest financial benefactor of the Lebanese military. It has pushed up funding for the army by $15 million in 2021, making the total amount of military aid $120 million. The International community is worried about the possible disintegration of the army, making room for local sectarian militias to rise, leading Lebanon to chaos. Taking into consideration that international donations might take time to materialize, how can the LAF (Lebanese Armed Forces) survive the crisis? Is there a sustainable solution in sight?

U.S. Policy’s Priorities and Trivialities in Lebanon

Lebanon’s present crisis is a wicked policy problem, and an effective policy on Lebanon begins with a clear understanding of U.S. prioritized interests. Some consider that Iranian influence in Lebanon’s is a major protector of the current incumbent regime; and that restoring Lebanon’s national sovereignty is the key to saving the country; or that the answer to Lebanon’s dilemma begins with releasing the country from Iranian occupation. Some others argue that the United States should handle Lebanon’s economic and social collapse as a separate policy issue from confronting armed militias or reducing Iran’s negative influence in the region. Is there a need for Washington to distinguish between its two overriding objectives in Lebanon, and to understand the ways in which they do and do not relate? What can the United States do to prevent Lebanon from collapsing further? What will the new US strategy’s priorities be? Will it deal with Lebanon’s political and economic breakdown as a distinct issue?

Disability Rights & Challenges of Inclusion

This discussion will feature the story and journey of Sara Minkara, a visually impaired Lebanese-American woman, who was appointed by President Biden as the Special Advisor on International Disability Rights in the U.S. Department of State. This discussion will also give insights on how people with disabilities experience range of barriers to basic services whether they live in developing countries or conflict settings. It will also reflect on Minkara’s values on promoting inclusion, diversity and access in a range of countries including Lebanon

UNIFIL: Borders Security Situation & Current Challenges

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This discussion will give insights on the situation of the Lebanese-Israeli border, how the current Lebanese crisis is affecting the situation along the borders, and Lebanon’s fulfillment of its UNSCR 1701 obligations. It will also reflect on developments in UNIFIL’s area of operations and to understand the challenges that UNIFIL is facing in Lebanon.