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- DescriptionLeban is the prisoner of its geography and its history, a prize for invaders since ancient times, a small multi-deminational state still recovering from a bloody civil war in its search for political automy and stability. This book examines the country's recent past since 2005, when a mass movement agitated against Syrian dominance in the wake of the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri. Also detailed are the role of Hezbollah and other political groups. The authors examine the changes that these events brought to Leban, be they lasting or ephemeral, and the challenges they represent for a state which, despite the resilience of its power-sharing system of government, remains hotly contested and unconsolidated. Sectarian tensions have escalated, predominantly between the Sunni and Shia communities, causing outbursts of street-based violence and paralysis in government. This two-bloc system has left Leban ungovernable, t simply due to deep-seated political differences, but because of the external linkages which ties the two blocs to their foreign patrons, namely the USA and Iran. As the Arab Spring develops, it also increases Hezbollah's significance to Iran as the embattled Assad regime struggles to quash the Syrian insurgency.
- Author BiographyAre Knudsen is a Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen, Norway. Michael Kerr is Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London.
- PublisherC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication20/11/2012
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Width135 mm
- Height214 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Edited byAre Knudsen,Michael E. Kerr,Michael Kerr
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