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Report Launch: Building a Better Lebanon

Date & Time

Jun. 30, 2021
9:00am – 10:30am ET


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For almost a year and a half, Lebanon has been assailed by compounded crises—specifically, an economic and financial crisis, followed by COVID-19, and lastly, the explosion at the Port of Beirut. A confluence of government malpractice, economic instability and external interference has driven Lebanon’s devastating crisis. Without significant change, there are concerns it could persist indefinitely.

With the economy now in dire straits, the parameters which govern the shaping of a new Lebanon need examination. Within Lebanon, there is an active and continuous debate on the subject. The debate so far has ranged from short-term measures to stop the bleeding and unlock donor support to comprehensive political and economic reforms of the country—without any agreement in sight while the crisis deepens. It is time to examine a two-stage approach; the first stage focusing on a minimal program to rescue the financial system, buying time to build a consensus on a full reconstruction and reform plan. 

Please join us for a virtual conference to mark the launch of a report on this topic co-authored by Harvard Adjunct Professor and Former IMF Economist Rand Ghayad, Wilson Center Middle East Program Chair Ambassador James Jeffrey and Director Merissa Khurma, and Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Hung Tran.

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Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

The MENA Workforce Development Initiative

The Middle East and North Africa Workforce Development Initiative (MENA-WDI) aims to assess both current and projected challenges facing the region in developing the workforce and the implications for peace and stability.   Read more