• Analysis

    Now what!

    Unfortunately, every few months it seems that we are back to a new Prime Minster nomination and government formation. With each iteration, the economic and political conditions deteriorate, and the general security situation becomes even more dangerous. So, once more, now what? Constitutionally, the president has to call for mandatory consultations, according to article 53[1] of the constitution. These consultations…

  • Analysis

    Security and elections, first and foremost!

    For the last two years Lebanon has been described as “facing an unprecedented crisis, on the edge of the abyss, teetering on a narrow ledge, …”. Then as the situation worsened, this shifted to “Lebanon needs a soft or controlled landing, we need to avoid a lost decade, measures need to be taken to escape a hard crash”. Unfortunately, if…

  • Analysis,  US elections

    US elections Lesson learned for Lebanon, PART II

    Part 1 of this series explored how the ease and openness of the electoral process positively impacted the turnout and overall legitimacy of elections. However, it is equally important to examine the importance of increasing the involvement and participation of youth, women, and other marginalized groups in the electoral process. Their vote is crucial to strengthen democratic, liberal, and institutional…

  • Analysis,  US elections

    US elections Lesson Learned for Lebanon

    The new US president has been elected, sworn in, and his new administration is up and running. After an ‘eventful’ election night that stretched into a week, a long counting period, unending litigations, ending with an attack on the US capitol. Personally, it was very interesting to follow the electoral process, from polling to projections, the ups and downs that…

  • Analysis,  US elections

    It is elections day!!!

    What an exhausting couple of months, or even years, it has been. I still vividly remember four years ago, that fateful night in 2016, the up and downs, the false hopes, and then the unequivocal truth… Among the deluge of polls, opinions, and fake news, the situation might feel pretty chaotic. Results are going to take a while to be…

  • Analysis,  Polls,  US elections

    The US Elections

    Tomorrow the first out of three debates between current US president Donald Trump and the main democratic contender Joe Biden will take place, signaling the final straight line before election day on November 3rd. This is a momentous event, on which a lot of important worldwide issues hinges, from the future of global warming to nuclear de-escalation and arms control,…

  • Analysis

    The binding consultations

    Tomorrow for the first time in post-Taef Lebanon, the binding consultations to choose a new Prime minister will start with no clear candidate. The Members of Parliament will meet the president, according to a pre-set schedule, individually or as part of their parliamentary blocs, and they will nominate their candidate for Prime Minister-designate. Usually, such a step is not taken…

  • Analysis

    The Prime Minister election’s, and government formation in Lebanon

    After seven long months, during which the Lebanese went through a popular uprising, a COVID 19 pandemic, a worsening economic and financial crisis, currency devaluation, and a large explosion that destroyed parts of Beirut, the government of Hassan Diab has resigned. Although Lebanon’s political system might seem complicated, and archaic, there is a clear order for the next few steps,…

  • Analysis

    A basic primer on Lebanon’s political changes

    Lebanese ministers and MPs have been resigning in drove following the tragic explosion in the port of Beirut, and the subsequent popular anger against the whole political class. On Saturday a huge demonstration took place, and the following day popular movement continued. People were calling for the hanging of politicians, and even the Head of Hezbollah has lost his protective…