Lebanon

May 8, 2019

Lebanon Launches Reform Workshop Based on CEDRE Conference Conditions

by Chaden Hani With the world’s third-highest ratio of debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Lebanon has endured years of weak economic growth and was urged by the International Monetary Fund this year to carry out “urgent” measures to put public finances back on a sustainable footing. Lebanon recorded a […]
May 2, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – May 2019

  Dear Reader, In our brief for May 2019, we explore how the struggle of post-Saddam and post-ISIS Iraq continues to redefine a cohesive narrative of what its society and political system will look like in the coming decades. In such times of “grand narratives and ideologies,” we must beware […]
April 4, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – April 2019

  Dear Reader, In our brief for April 2019, we explore the recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory through the lens of faithful apocalyptic Biblical interpretation and two central principles of Just Peacemaking theory as developed by late Christian ethicist Glen Stassen. We also analyze the relatively weak […]
March 7, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – March 2019

  Dear Reader, In our brief for March 2019, we look at the case of Shamima Begum, an “unrepentant” teenaged woman seeking to return to the UK after having joined up with the Islamic State. If Begum and others like her in Syria and Iraq need to pay for any […]
February 7, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – February 2019

  Dear Reader, Karl Barth entreats us to “take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.” This is exactly what we do in the IMES Regional Brief, as we read the events of our region in light of the Bible and discover […]
January 24, 2019

Lebanon’s McKinsey Report: corruption, for a price of a sandal

by Robert Hamd In 2017, the Lebanese government brought in the international consultancy firm, McKinsey, to analyze Lebanon’s public and private sectors. On Wednesday, January 2, the Ministry of Economy released the report, describing what they saw as Lebanon’s crippling political stalemate in government. The 1,200-page report warns that the […]
January 3, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – January 2019

  Dear Reader, At the beginning of 2019, the IMES team would like to thank you for accompanying us on our journey over the past year through the various countries of the MENA region. Today, we are preparing for new tours, which we begin today. We always examine critical issues […]
December 6, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – December 2018

  Dear Reader, Socio-economic realities in the MENA are not improving. In our Regional Brief for December 2018, we highlight issues of concern from Lebanon, Egypt, Mauritania, Sudan, Palestine and Iraq. Endemic corruption and the absence of reform in the educational system persists without any real transformation. Suffering and grief […]