Middle East politics

Middle East politics
The region, one of the cradles of civilization, is going through a turbulent period of historic realignment. Its powers are vying for political, military, economic and religious dominance with local players and outside actors. Armed conflicts, mainly civil wars, are challenging the permanence of states whose borders were drawn arbitrarily in the early 20th century, after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

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A protester poses near burning tires in Beirut

Lebanon in free fall

Lebanon’s crisis is so dire that the World Bank calls it one of the top three worst since the mid-nineteenth century. Problems have been building for a long time, but the main culprit is a corrupt political system with Hezbollah at its core. Unfortunately for the Lebanese people, extricating the organization from power seems unlikely any time soon.

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