The ATFL publishes policy statements regarding US-Lebanon relations on issues that affect our shared interests in the stability, security, and development of Lebanon and the region.

ATFL Statement on State Department Senior Advisor for Energy Security Amos Hochstein’s Travel to Lebanon

The American Task Force on Lebanon commends State Department Senior Advisor Amos Hochstein and the Lebanese Government for meeting to advance the delimitation of the Israel-Lebanon maritime boundary, an objective shared by all three governments.

Such a deal will require open minds and a willingness to compromise from all parties. We encourage Senior Advisor Hochstein to show neutrality and flexibility as he hopefully brings these discussions to a conclusion that will both benefit the economic development of Lebanon and increase regional security.

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The American Task Force on Lebanon is 501(C)3 nonprofit organization of prominent Americans of Lebanese heritage, who educate for the strengthening of the historic U.S.-Lebanon relationship. The mission and objectives of ATFL shall always be in the best interest of the United States and will promote the national unity, independence, and prosperity of a democratic and multi-sectarian Lebanon.


ATFL Op-Eds are perspectives from ATFL leadership and guests on current events of importance to the US-Lebanon relationship.

Op-Eds by
ATFL President Edward Gabriel

Current President and CEO of ATFL, former US Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel has decades of experience throughout the Middle East.

Helping the Lebanese People Move Toward Recovery: Recommendations for US Policy

February 1, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Lebanon is at a crucial crossroads. The people are suffering, starving, and distrustful that the government will come to their assistance. The economy, like the Port of Beirut, is in ruins due to mismanagement and in need of reconstruction. Stability and democracy are at stake this year as elections are to be held on May 15, 2022, and most of the candidates are those who are responsible for the current disasters in the country.

How will the international community, led by the US and France provide sufficient support so that free and fair elections are held on time? Will Hezbollah continue to interfere in the Port of Beirut investigation? Will the government of PM Najib Mikati find itself unable to implement any of the reforms required for assistance facilitated by an International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement?

Join the Middle East Institute (MEI) and the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL) for the official release of its latest policy brief, Helping the Lebanese People Move Towards Recovery: Recommendations for US Policy at a webinar featuring remarks from a number of the more than two dozen co-authors of this report.


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