Benjamin MacShane

Benjamin MacShane is a researcher and writer on Middle East and Arab politics. He has lived in Beirut and Kuwait City.

Lebanon: The Return of Hariri — Tragedy, Farce or the Only Hope?

With Hariri’s return to power in Lebanon, the old guard’s political maneuvering intended to outflank the public has worked.

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Can Macron Save Lebanon From Its Political Class?

Lebanon needs a new state, not new visits from the President of France.

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Lebanon, COVID 19 and the Arrival of the IMF

Protesters in Lebanon have plenty of reason to bemoan the autocratic response of the government — and its inability to deal with the economic crisis.

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What’s at Stake in Lebanon

Lebanon’s peaceful revolution faces being crushed by Iran-backed Hezbollah terrified of a new Middle East politics.

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