Lebanon: Political Fragility and the Implications of the Syrian Conflict
Dr Craig Larkin, Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East, King's College London
Lord Williams of Baglan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Acting Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
As the Syrian conflict continues to rage, can Lebanon withstand the mounting pressure on its borders? Notoriously fragile, the stability of Lebanon's coalition politics has been recently tested by the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Mikati over the electoral process. The newly appointed Prime Minister, Tamam Salam, faces a challenge to balance delicate internal political dynamics with the impact of a regional conflict which continues to overshadow Lebanon’s bright economic prospects.
With nearly half a million Syrian refugees now estimated to have moved to Lebanon, the speakers will discuss the implications of both internal and external factors and assess the likelihood of Lebanon’s fragile political truce collapsing into sectarian conflict yet again.