US-Lebanon Relations, Setting A New Int'l Framework For A More Responsive Govn't

January, 19 2022

On January 19th, 2022, ATFL and MEI co-hosted a virtual panel discussion on the latest joint policy brief of the Lebanon Working Group: "US-Lebanon Relations: Setting a New International Framework for a More Responsive Government."

Released last December by the Middle East Institute (MEI) and the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL), with 20 co-authors, the paper makes several recommendations and identifies important areas of action for US policymakers at this crucial juncture in Lebanon's history. The paper addresses numerous challenges facing Lebanon, including the presidential vacancy, the lack of a formed government, the need for preliminary reforms prior to an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, the current crises in the energy and education sectors, the humanitarian plight of the Lebanese people, corruption, and the need for supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Amb. Edward M. Gabriel (Ret.)
President and CEO, American Task Force on Lebanon
Ethan Goldrich
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. State Department
Amb. David Hale
Global Fellow, Wilson Center
Brian Katulis
Vice President for Policy, Middle East Institute
Mary Ellen Richardson
Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. Darin LaHood
Dr. Paul Salem
President, Middle East Institute
Mona Yacoubian
Vice President of MENA Center, United States Institute of Peace
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