The Beirut Disaster: Implications for Lebanon and U.S. Policy

Author
Saleh Machnouk, Hanin Ghaddar, Matthew Levitt, Charles Thépaut
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Abstract
Four experts discuss the deadly Beirut explosion as it relates to the Lebanese political system, Hezbollah hegemony, and foreign aid. On August 13, The Washington Institute held a virtual Policy Forum with Saleh Machnouk, Hanin Ghaddar, Matthew Levitt, and Charles Thepaut. Machnouk is a columnist at the Lebanese daily an-Nahar and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge. Ghaddar is the Institute's Friedmann Fellow and a former journalist with the Lebanese media. Levitt is the Institute’s Fromer-Wexler Fellow, director of its Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, and creator of its newly released Hezbollah Select Worldwide Activity Interactive Map and Timeline. Thepaut, a French career diplomat, is a resident visiting fellow at the Institute. The following is a rapporteur’s summary of their remarks.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Foreign Aid, Hezbollah, Disaster Management
Political Geography
Middle East, Lebanon, North America, United States of America