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Q&A: Can Lebanon’s New President Defuse Major Crises?

Q&A: Can Lebanon’s New President Defuse Major Crises?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

By: USIP Staff

The Lebanese Parliament’s selection this week of General Michel Aoun as president ends 2 ½ years of a leadership vacuum that mired decision-making on fundamental economic, social and political crises facing Lebanon. The Parliament had been unable to elect a new president since May 2014, even as it faced emergencies such as the influx of more than 1 million refugees from the war in neighboring Syria. USIP Middle East and North Africa Director Elie Abouaoun examines the potential effect of the ...

Democracy & Governance

Music, Poetry, Film: Shoring Up Identities for Peaceful Ends

Music, Poetry, Film: Shoring Up Identities for Peaceful Ends

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

By: Nathaniel L. Wilson

A Somali master poet reconnects citizens to their government. A Lebanese filmmaker collects fighters' stories to dramatize the cost of war. Police in Northern Ireland adopt symbols of peace to signal a new ethos. In places simmering with long-standing social tensions and alienation, common cultural understandings can help ease hostility, suggesting a potentially powerful role for a mechanism still under-used in peacebuilding: the arts.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Violent Extremism; Non-Violent Movements

People, Power and Politics: A New Approach to Rule of Law Training

People, Power and Politics: A New Approach to Rule of Law Training

Monday, March 23, 2015

By: Leanne McKay

The prosecutor has the sort of confidence wrested from 15 years of experience against the odds in a country beset by external and internal security threats. When I ask him to describe his justice system in just three adjectives, he quickly declares: “good, needs improvement and practical.” Asked to describe it from a very different perspective, though, his face turns into a grimace.

Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Non-Violent Movements

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