Lebanon has so far avoided an economic and security collapse since the start of the Syrian crisis, but major challenges remain.
Heightened tensions in Tripoli are prompting new measures meant to allay Sunni concerns, but these will not work unless the root causes of discontent are addressed.
Fears of a potential shift in Lebanon’s confessional balance are driving power brokers to enact harsher restrictions on incoming Syrian refugees.
The return of Shia fighters to Iraq has left Hezbollah overstretched in Syria and vulnerable at home.
Lebanon will be unable to maintain its precarious confessional balance in the long term if the army is seen as growing closer to Hezbollah.
Despite its weak and fragmented state, Lebanon has had evident success against al-Qaeda, though it may be too soon to declare “mission accomplished.”
The need to improve internal Lebanese security may not be enough to encourage MPs to agree upon a consensus candidate for the presidency.
Despite their interest in preventing another all-out war, Israel’s and Hezbollah’s tit-for-tat actions could lead to an undesirable escalation.
The Mleeta museum, meant to glorify Hezbollah’s past successes, has come to highlight the party’s current isolation.
Syria’s nearly three-year-old civil war has emboldened radical Salafis in Lebanon, creating an opening for Syrian jihadis to export their conflict.
Regional Shia support for the Assad regime is more geopolitical than religious in nature.
Lebanon’s leaders are undermining its institutions and dragging the country faster into the Syrian conflict.
With Syrian rebel groups promising more attacks against Hezbollah in Lebanon, will domestic pressure eventually cause the Party of God to limit its aims in Syria?
The Syrian crisis has revealed the far-reaching and fundamental disagreements among Lebanon’s Christian parties.
The region’s crises have had a profound impact on the Lebanese economy and revealed its fragile state.
The fight over freedom of expression in Lebanon is escalating over domestic film & theater.
With a year left before the next parliamentary elections, electoral reform is once again center-stage in Lebanon. With only two weeks until the deadline for amending the electoral law, what will come of the latest proposal to switch to proportional representation?
Does Lebanon’s funding of the UN Special Tribunal reveal a weakening in the March 8 Alliance?
Most Lebanese expect the army to play a stabilizing role should the country experience spillover effects from continued popular unrest in Syria. However, Lebanon’s political forces are increasingly competing to penetrate the army and shape its orientation, undermining its relative independence from sectarian politics.
While the final outcomes of the Arab transitions are far from over, one thing is certain: civil-military relations will be redefined and renegotiated in every country. Arab militaries will inevitably fulfill a more central role in politics, and formalizing this reality may be the only hope for consolidating democratic transitions.