The assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in a bomb blast in Beirut on February 14, 2005, has forced the Lebanese to confront one another on the question of Syria’s role in the Lebanese political system. The loss of such a prominent figure and the circumstances surrounding his assassination have pitted pro-Syria politicians with vested interests in the status quo against an increasingly vocal opposition movement backed by popular demonstrations.

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About the Author
Julia Choucair is assistant editor of the Carnegie Endowment’s Arab Reform Bulletin and project associate of the Carnegie Endowment’s Democracy and Rule of Law Project.