This public event on Capitol Hill will convene a panel of Lebanon experts to analyze Lebanon's municipal elections.

Lebanon is slated to launch a series of municipal elections on Sunday, May 2, 2010. This briefing will address the expected results and the role the elections play in Lebanon’s overall political transition. The discussion will highlight the status of political reforms and ways the United States can move forward in supporting democracy promotion efforts in Lebanon.

Please join us for a discussion with:

  • Elias Muhanna
    Blogger, QifaNabki.com and Political Analyst
  • Joe Hall
    MENA Senior Advisor and Senior Director for Lebanon, National Democratic Institute
  • Mona Yacoubian, Moderator
    Director, Lebanon Working Group, United States Institute of Peace

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