Lebanon and the Arab Uprisings

Lebanon and the Arab Uprisings : In the Eye of the Hurricane

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The Arab uprisings have put Lebanon under increased strain. While the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt caused limited reverberations, the war in Syria echoed in the fine-tuned political and confessional balance of Lebanon. Over one million refugees, equal to one-quarter of Lebanon's population, have moved in from Syria. The country's economy and its already weak public infrastructure have been impacted heavily. Hizbullah's engagement in Syria has posed questions about Lebanon's disassociation policy. Terrorist attacks by ISIL and the growing risk of radicalization across the confessional spectrum have left the country at unease. However, Lebanon's political elites have vowed to shield the country from regional turbulences. Lebanon recently saw a series of demonstrations because of the inability of the government to manage the garbage crisis, but it has been far from witnessing a large-scale citizen uprising similar to the 2005 Cedar Revolution or the revolts next door. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the current situation in Lebanon, and a detailed assessment of the difficulties which the country is currently facing.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 514g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 black & white illustrations, 4 black & white tables, 4 black & white line drawings
  • 1138885843
  • 9781138885844

About Martin Wahlisch

Maximilian Felsch is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Haigazian University, Beirut, Lebanon. Martin Wahlisch serves as Political Affairs Officer for the United Nations in the Office of the Special Coordinator for Lebanon and is an affiliated scholar of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Lebanon and the Arab Uprisings: In the Eye of the Hurricane Martin Wahlisch and Maximilian Felsch Part I: Stability, Unity and Confessional Balance 2. Lebanon's Consociational Politics in the Post-2011 Middle East: The Paradox of Resilience Tamirace Fakhoury 3. The Role of Hizbullah in the Syrian Conflict Magnus Ranstorp 4. Jihadism in Lebanon after the Syrian Uprising Aaron Y. Zelin 5. The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Lebanon Maximilian Felsch Part II: Humanitarian, Economic and Social Challenges 6. Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Coping with Unprecedented Challenges Sam van Vliet 7. The Blind Spot: Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon Daniel Meier 8. The Economic Cost of the Arab Uprising on the Lebanese Economy Marcus Marktanner, Maureen E. Wilson and Sandra El-Saghir 9. The Fight for Oil and Gas: Regional Rivalry, the Arab Uprisings and Lebanon's Energy Sector Isabella Ruble Part III: Foreign Policy, Regional Ties and International Relations 10. Lebanese Foreign Policy and the Arab Uprisings Henrietta Wilkins 11. Syrian-Lebanese Relations: The Impossible Dissociation between Lebanon and Syria Carsten Wieland 12. U.S.-Lebanese Relations: Long-term Schizophrenia Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss 13. EU-Lebanese Relations: Shifting EU Policies in the Aftermath of the Arab Uprisings? Julian Pankeshow more

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"A treasure trove of new ideas and fresh research with valuable insights not only on Lebanon but also on developments in the region since the Arab Spring. It responds to a necessity that emerges in times of radical change: a re-evaluation of everything we thought we knew." - Nadim Shehadi, Director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts Universityshow more

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