As Lebanon’s financial and economic crisis worsens, state institutions are deteriorating. This has led outside powers to mediate in or seek to influence Lebanese affairs. Iran has considerable influence through its local ally Hezbollah. Since the August 4, 2020, explosion at Beirut Port, France has begun playing a more active role in Lebanon’s government-formation process. Russia and Qatar have also shown a stronger interest in the country’s crisis, even as Saudi Arabia remains disengaged from Lebanon. 

The panel will examine the respective agendas of these powers, and ask how the further fragmentation of the Lebanese state will impact their roles?

Join us on Thursday, December 9 from 19:00-20:00 EET for a public panel discussion with Kim Ghattas, Emile Hokayem, Ziad Majed and Randa Slim chaired by Hisham Melhem. The discussion will be held in English and livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

For more information, please contact Josiane Matar at