Civil war in Syria paves the way for Lebanon’s comeback

A Hezbollah billboard in Beirut, Lebanon (photo: dpa)
A Hezbollah billboard in Beirut, Lebanon (photo: dpa)

Lebanon, once dubbed the ‘Switzerland of the East’ looks set to some degree, at least, to return to its glory days. After years of turmoil and vulnerability since the start of its civil war in 1975, the country, ironically, could benefit from the crisis in neighbouring Syria, and the tension over Iran’s nuclear programme.

NO COUNTRY is more affected by the trials and tribulations of Syria than Lebanon. The links between the two are strong.


It was only after huge pressure on Syria, following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik al Hariri in 2005, and the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon that it agreed to the establishment of a ...

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