Lebanon Policy Paper:
Recommendations for a Sustainable

Bilateral Relationship


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Report Launch: Zoom Webinar

 July 14, 2020

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Status and Priorities
for Lebanon’s Political Transition


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Lebanon is on the brink of collapse due to its domestic economic and political crises, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Another failed state in the Middle East would negatively impact strategic US interests. Lebanon requires a thorough reorientation towards stability and renewed socio-economic sustainability, which entails fundamental domestic reforms and targeted international support led by the US. The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) are pleased to co-host the public launch of a joint policy paper, Recommendations for a Sustainable Bilateral Relationship.

What are the strategic interests the US has in Lebanon’s stability, and how can the US support Lebanese prosperity? Is the Lebanese government’s new financial recovery plan sufficient for the US to initiate support for the government? In what ways can the US best support a strong future for Lebanon?



Jean AbiNader

Policy Director, ATFL.

Congressman Darin LaHood

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois's 18th district

Paul Raphael

Founding Chair, Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE)

Mona Yacoubian

Expert group member

Amb.(ret.) Edward Gabriel

President and CEO, ATFL

Paul Salem

President, MEI


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