Lebanon

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Introduction Lebanon is characterized by cultural identity of ethnic and religious diversity owing to its location at the crossroad of Arabian hinterland and Mediterranean Basin (Choueiri, 2013). Following the country’s independence from France in the year 1943, the “confessionalism” political system was established allowing for power sharing between different religious communities located in the region. The capital city of Lebanon, Beirut, serves as a regional center for trade and finance. Since independence, Lebanon has experienced the interspersion of political stability and prosperity, and political turmoil (Fisk, 2012). Lebanon is located between Israel to the south and Syria to the east and north. The instability in Middle East countries, like Israel and Syrian often spills out to Lebanon causing different instances of, external aggression, political assassination, national government collapse and civil war such as 2006 Lebanon war, 2007-2008 Lebanon conflict, and various instances of sectarian violence (Marshall, 2012). This paper seeks to evaluate the current events in Lebanon, their impact to the country, and the significance of Lebanon to the United States. The paper shall also give a predictive analysis of Lebanon in both short term and long term. Current Events within the Last Three Years Over the last three years, Lebanon has experienced a period of social turmoil and sectarian tensions (Preston, 2014). Since the civil War broke out in Syrian in the year 2011, Lebanon has had its great share of the skirmishes. The Syrian war has lead to a split between Shiites who throws their support behind the Syria government led by Assad and Sunni Muslims who renders their support to the Syrian rebels. This turmoil has lead to un... ... middle of paper ... ...on Books. Hersh, S. (2010). Watching Lebanon. The New Yorker, 21. Marshall, J. (2012). The Lebanese connection corruption, civil war, and the international drug traffic. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press. Preston, M. (2014). Ending civil war Rhodesia and Lebanon in perspective. London New York New York: Tauris Academic Studies Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave Macmillan. Rolland, J. (2013). Lebanon: current issues and background. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Sibai, A. M., Sen, K., Baydoun, M., & Saxena, P. (2014). Population ageing in Lebanon: current status, future prospects and implications for policy. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 82(3), 219-225. Walley, C. D. (2012). Some outstanding issues in the geology of Lebanon and their importance in the tectonic evolution of the Levantine region. Tectonophysics, 298(1), 37-62.

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