VIRTUAL TALK Lebanon: A Tale of Three Explosions

Sep 3, 2020, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free and open to the public



Event Description

On August 4, a devastating explosion struck Beirut’s port, killing hundreds, injuring thousands, and destroying half of the city. Blamed for gross negligence, Lebanon’s government quickly resigned, for the second time in the past year. And two weeks later, on August 18, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) announced its long-awaited judgement in the investigation of PM Rafic Hariri’s assassination, finding one suspect, Hezbollah member Salim Ayyash, guilty. Many Lebanese remain deeply unsatisfied, saying the government’s resignation isn’t enough, and that years of corruption and mismanagement warrant reform of the entire system. Meanwhile, the STL’s decision has been almost forgotten as Lebanese begin rebuilding their city amid an economic crisis that has left much of the country on the brink of penury. Thirty years after the end of the civil war, Lebanon’s future is as uncertain as ever. Nadim Shehadi will discuss the factors that have led Lebanon to this deplorable state and how the country might move forward.


Mr. Nadim Shehadi (Executive Director of the Lebanese American University New York Headquarters and Academic Center) is an Associate Fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House in London. He was previously the director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He was also a senior member of St Antony’s College, Oxford where he directed the Centre for Lebanese Studies from 1986 to 2005. Mr. Shehadi trained as an economist with an interest in the history of economic thought. He has produced several publications, contributes regularly to media coverage of Middle Eastern affairs and has advised several governments and international organizations.

The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia (TRI)