M.Wurmser, Hussein, Maksad, Badran,
Mneimneh, and D.Wurmser
Hudson Institute’s Center for Middle East Policy recently held a foreign policy discussion on Crisis in Lebanon:
The Emergence of a Hezballah State?
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Following the recent decision of Prime Minister Siniora’s government to sanction and dismantle Hezballah’s illegal activities, the organization and its allied militias have begun instigating violent clashes in the streets of Beirut. After taking control of several Beirut neighborhoods and media outlets, the Iranian and Syrian-backed group is now attempting a military takeover of Beirut.
These events mark the latest blow to Lebanon’s governing coalition following the 17-month political standoff over presidential succession between the Hezbollah-led opposition supported by Iran and Syria and the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. Given the muted U.S. and Arab response to the current and most violent stage of this crisis, is a free Lebanon on the brink of collapse? How will the potential defeat of moderate and democratic forces in a free Lebanon reverberate across the country and the region? How is this crisis empowering regional actors, particularly Iran and Syria? To discuss these and related questions, Hudson Institute’s Center for Middle East Policy assembled a panel of many of the most prolific and insightful commentators on Lebanon.
MEYRAV WURMSER, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
FIRAS MAKSAD, Executive Director, Lebanese Renaissance Foundation
TONY BADRAN, Research Fellow, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy
HUSSEIN ABDUL HUSSEIN, Washington Correspondent, Al Rai Newspaper (Kuwait)
DAVID WURMSER, Former Senior Middle East Advisor, Office of the Vice President
ANTOINE SHADID, Ambassador to the United States, Embassy of Lebanon (Invited)
To RSVP, please contact Jean Weicher at (202) 974-2425 or email@example.com
Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
1015 15th St, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005