Lebanon’s multiple challenges
Unprecedented economic and financial crises are bringing Lebanon to its knees, while a prolonged political impasse concerning the formation of a new government is fuelling new societal rifts and causing further resentment towards the institutions, making the need of structural reforms more urgent than ever.
- Carnegie Malcolm H. Kerr Center: What’s in a Flag?
- International Crisis Group: Avoiding further polarization in Lebanon
A focus on Kuwait
After the passing of Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah in September, will Kuwait’s foreign policy preserve its substantial independence and continue on a path of regional mediation? How could the current fiscal crisis at home impact the country’s foreign policy?
- Brookings Doha: How politics at home shapes Kuwait’s foreign policy?
- Atlantic Council: Kuwait’s fiscal crisis requires bold reforms
What is happening in Syria?
As the conflict remains “hot” in the Idlib Province and security seems extremely precarious over large swathes of Syria, different political and security actors seek to consolidate their power and brace for possible confrontations in the months ahead.
- European University Institute – Middle East Directions: Syrian people’s council elections 2020: the regime’s social base contracts
- Atlantic Council: ICMP report highlights need to launch missing persons process for Syria
- RIAC: Syrian Idlib: What’s Next?
- ELCANO: Syria strains Turkey’s ties to the West even after US withdrawal?