MENA Salon: The Lebanese Uprising

Workshop | November 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Since the Lebanese government announced a tax on WhatsApp on 17 October, protesters have taken to the streets in Beirut and across the country to express their discontent with political corruption and the economic crisis. On 29 October, Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned from his position after failing to reach an agreement with the country’s political parties on any governmental changes that would address the protesters’ demands. While a path forward is yet to be determined, Hariri remains the most popular politician in Lebanon and the most likely choice to lead the future government. What could Lebanon’s future government look like? What effects may the protests have for the country’s confessional political system? Join us for a discussion of the protests and their political implications.

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