One year since the death of over 200 people following a powerful explosion, life in Beirut and more generally in Lebanon continues with no sign of accountability or improvement.
Fellow, Middle East Policy Council
The announcement by Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, that he would no longer lead an effort to form a new government has sent shock waves across the region.
Pressure on Lebanese leaders by international partners to form a government and to implement urgent reforms comes as the country’s economy continues its death spiral.
News of the failure of the latest talks between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, which took place on March 22, risks pushing Lebanon further into political and economic chaos.
The victory of Joe Biden in the US presidential elections has elicited strong views across the region. Coming after four years of a tumultuous US foreign policy approach, the prevailing sentiment is one of caution and uncertainty. Generally favoring Mr.
Lebanon’s three-time prime minister, Saad Hariri, has been tapped again to lead efforts for the creation of a new cabinet. Mr.
The resignation of the Lebanese government following the devastation of Beirut has infused the country with a sense of urgency and possibilities.
The devastating explosion that rocked Lebanon’s capital on August 4 has taken the lives of over 170 people, with thousands injured and many still missing.
The economic and political outlook in Lebanon continues to worsen as government policies and assurances fall short of the demands of the people protesting in the streets as well as of the global financial markets.