How Lebanon’s Ruling Elite Ruined the Country

The political elite’s approach to responding to the country's economic problems is to do nothing.

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Corruption is rampant in Lebanon. It permeates society and politics. Those who seek public office see it as an opportunity to make money. At the heart of Lebanon’s economic and financial meltdown lies a self-serving confessional elite dismissive of public demands. They comprise politicians, religious leaders, the banking sector, the judiciary, and senior military and […]

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Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.