Getting to Arab Democracy: Lebanon Springs Forward

Issue Date January 2006
Volume 17
Issue 1
Page Numbers 22-37
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The article describes the turbulent months in Lebanon starting with the violent assassination of its prime minister in February 2005 that led to the pullout of the Syrian troops from the country to the landmark legislative elections—free of foreign interference for the first time in 29 years—that took place in early summer.  The essay sheds light on the complexity of the Lebanese confessional system and traces the evolution of its polity since the making of the country in 1926. Finally, it concludes with recommendations for the future of the country.

About the Author

Oussama Safa is general director of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, a public-policy think-tank based in Beirut. His research interests include democracy and conflict resolution in the Middle East, electoral reform, and anticorruption. He is currently working on issues of transitional justice in Lebanon and on empowering youth movements in the Arab region.

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