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Lebanon’s 2019 October Uprising and its Implications: Clinging to a sinking ship?
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In light of Lebanon’s economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, has Lebanon’s grassroots protest movement withered away? and what complex factors have shaped its 'waxing and waning'?
In contrast to various analyses that have portrayed Lebanon’s October uprising as a surprising event, this webinar situates Lebanon’s so-called 2019 Revolution or Thawra in the 'temporalities' of its sectarian-based model of politics. It analyses how the uprising has emerged in the context of deep-seated power disparities. It also looks at some variables that have shaped its expansion and subsequent contraction in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conclusion highlights some dilemmas as well as regional challenges that will most likely shape Lebanon’s future trajectory.
Dr Tamirace Fakhoury is an associate professor of political science and international affairs at the Lebanese American University, and the director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR). She was a visiting assistant professor in the summer sessions at the University of California in Berkeley. Tamirace is currently the Principal Investigator of a Carnegie grant on 'Resilience and Inclusive Governance in the post-2011 Arab Landscape' at LAU. She is also in the leadership team of the Rights for Time network which looks into shifting the possibilities for humanitarian protection through research on how time conditions war and displacement. Her core research and publication areas are: Power-sharing and ethno-sectarian conflicts; migration and refugee governance in conflict areas; the European Union’s external policy, and norm contestation in the international system.