Even before the events of the Arab Spring, Lebanon had seen its share of turmoil. Known in its pre-civil war heyday as the "Switzerland of the East," the nation has attempted to regain its footing as a tourist destination with a strong economy. Situated between Israel and Syria, the country sits in the center of a region experiencing an unprecedented period of change. To gain insight into how the region looks from the Lebanese perspective, we spoke with former Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.
Fuad Siniora is a former Prime Minister of Lebanon, a position he held from July 2005 to May 2008. He was re-nominated and held the post as Acting President until he stepped down on November 9, 2009. He has also served as Lebanon's Minister of Finance. Currently, Mr. Siniora serves as a Member of Parliament from Saida and is a member of the Club de Madrid, an organization of former leaders of democratic countries committed to strengthening democratic governance.