March 2021

INTERNAL DISARRAY, EXTERNAL PRESSURE

The Lebanese Civil War ended in 1990 after 15 years of conflict between various factions and groups over the status quo. Ever since the end of the Civil War, Lebanon has faced a series of events that potentially unhinge its stability. These events have been mainly attributed to the ruling class and its persistent neglect of Lebanon’s pressing matters. The factionalism between various parties has intensified their desire for power and allowed them to act in manners closer to “a state within a state”. More importantly,  no matter the misfortunes Lebanon goes through, there is no evidence of proper government actions taking place. The lack of accountability paves the way for Lebanon to continuously be exploited by the factionalist status quo so that the inner state is destroying the state it is within.  Subsequently, it also has broader implications in the region as the manifestation of tensions allows regional powers to exploit the situation to their benefit.

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